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Science and God

  


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Ivan said:

Hi Vilsy,
I think one of the best ways of looking at this is that science and religion are two completely different and separate things. One on extreme you have the likes of Craig Venter, who says that "a true scientist could not believe in supernatural explanations", while on the other extreme you have Francis Collins, who thinks that "God, in His wisdom, used evolution as His creative scheme" or that "Evolution is God's way of giving upgrades".
Personally, I do not think you should try to connect the two. One is about finding explanations to the natural phenomena that surrounds us. The other is about faith.
Everyone has their own views in life.
I am a born and raised catholic (only because the Spanish empire colonized South America), yet I am also a scientist. While I do not think religion is a bad thing, I also know that more people have died in the name of religion than anything else.
If science is about learning and becoming more knowledgeable, and religion is about faith and peace, I believe they can co-exist, just like a balanced scientist should be exposed not only to academic study but also other activities like art, sport, and yes, religion.

Posted on Feb 27, 2009 11:34 AM
R Bishop said:

Vilsy,

I had a similar experience a few months back with a member of my own family. Her words were that I was a cynic created by my faith in Science. It can be a real eye opener for certain, so I can feel your pain.

Surprisingly, here in the United States we have one of lowest percentages of people that "believe" in evolution. To me that's a bit hard take as we spend so much money on science.

Evolution is the unifying principle of biology, not a theory or faith item. So that's how I separate the two, mutually exclusive in every way. One provable by experimentation, the other a wonderful thought that can't be tested.

All the best with your struggles many scientists go through it.

Rus

Posted on Feb 27, 2009 06:07 PM
ted9999 said:

I had a physics professor that gave a wonderful explanation that science is limited in many ways.

A person can watch evolution with bacteria in an afternoon, but how does prove that 'miracles' do not exist?

Posted on Mar 10, 2009 10:52 AM

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