We live in a universe made up of matter and energy, a material universe. To understand and explain this material universe is the goal of science, which is a methodology as well as a body of knowledge obtained through that methodology. Science is limited to matter and energy, but as will become clear when we discuss religion, most individuals believe that reality includes something other than matter and energy. The methodology of science is a topic on which any college library has dozens of feet of shelves of books and journals, so obviously just one chapter won't go much beyond sketching out the bare essentials. Still, I will try to show how science differs from many other ways of knowing and how it is particularly well suited to explaining our material universe.
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