When passions run high: Science vs. Religion

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.

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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.

http://ncse.com/religion/start

-Jordan Wilcox

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6 thoughts on “When passions run high: Science vs. Religion

  1. I completely agree with your post. The science versus religion battle is a useless one and doesn’t do any good. I think people of religion claiming science doesn’t exist deter people from their religion, and scientists who claim religion doesn’t exist deter people from following science. If both sides just agreed that they can go hand in hand, there wouldn’t be such a divide, and I think that people could potentially become more educated about science if they don’t think it is undermining their religion.-Madeline Howard

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  2. I agree with you post that both science and religion can go together. Your very last comment reminded me of how Pope Francis asked people to act on climate change and he even studied science. Its awesome to see such a powerful religious leader try to take action and inform people.
    Shelby Simmons

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  3. This is a great post. It seems the people that get the air time to speak about the divide are radicals for either side. We need you and people like you to stand up and explain how they can work together.

    Andrew Traicoff

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  4. I really liked your post and agree with you, science and religion can go together. Really like how you touched on how they influence each other.
    Cori Wolfe

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  5. I enjoyed this post and I really like that you stated how a beautiful relationship the world would benefit from if scientists and religious leaders worked together to solve the worlds problems. I completely agree and I wish more people would open their eyes to this fact.
    -Kellie Behrle

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  6. I feel the same way. I tend to be more science based and a person who usually has to “see it-to-believe it” but who is to say that some things are unseen by man but still real? I believe science would say the same thing because what cannot be proven doesn’t always have to be untrue.

    Josh Clyde

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