Science vs. Religion. How many times have we heard this phrase used? Is it truly a “versus” scenario though? A never-ending battle that results in bloody wars and terminated friendships?
Personally, I’ve come to realize that science can truly enhance one’s faith. As I researched the topic more in-depth about the science-religion debate, I was pleasantly surprised to see that many scientific organizations forwardly addressed the issue on their website. I personally enjoyed the National Center for Science Education website, as there were many useful links that led to truly interesting melding of the science and religion ideas, into something inspiring, scientifically supported, and also historically based. It was a joy to read. As I delved deeper, I found that they went to great lengths to understand how the ancient Hebrews viewed the Earth and the heavens, long before science and research was even thought of.
The way the Earth was viewed back then was much more simple. The organization lists dates, the Hebrew words that were used to translate the descriptions, as well as philosophers who provided scholarly guidance on the interpretation of the Bible.
If we look at the science-religion divide, and expect it to be a mutually exclusive argument, we are genuinely doing a disservice to both sides. Science can and continually does support religion, and religion/spirituality can offer genuine, pure inspiration for further research and discoveries. The greatest scientists the world has ever known have all been inspired by passion and curiosity. What a beautiful relationship the world would benefit from if scientists and religious leaders worked together to solve the worlds problems.