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Science and Religion: Why We Shouldn't Mix Them

Updated on September 23, 2012

They are Separate Entities

Science and religion have always had a mixed relationship. In the early days of Christianity, Christians would look down on and even sometimes murder science in order to maintain their infallibility. This is because religious men started sharing their ideas about how certain things worked in the world and that they were the end all be all of science. When other scientists claim to have another way of looking at something, this may prove that their “facts” are not necessarily provable or cogent to the people. Thus, if they just remove the people who disagree, they will always remain right.

In today’s world, the scientists are finding out more and more about not only our world, but the history of everything, and this puts pressure on religion. Unfortunately this pressure creates a backlash from people of religion to constantly disagree with anything science finds or to point out that “facts” in science often change and are replaced with better researched and better tested findings.

However, we should always keep in mind that these are two separate entities. They are not and were never meant to be compared and contrasted and pitted against. They can live together in harmony if we always look at what they are. Religion is based on faith and nothing science can do will change what a religion means to its people. Science is based on empirical research that can have inconclusive results and findings, but can also have solid facts and logical reasons. They both can maintain their place in our world and should not be pitted against one another.

Why We Shouldn't Compare One to the Other

When we compare these two things it is like we are saying one needs to be better or more correct than the other one. This just isn’t true. We can and should have both science and religion. They both have their place in our world and in our society. I am not saying everyone should be religious, I am just saying people who have found a religion that does what they need it to do for them, that is a fantastic thing. However, when you do find that religion, you shouldn’t automatically shut out that science is something bad. When we start comparing one to the other we create this false dichotomy that one has to win and one has to lose. Science is something that is good that needs to claim its importance in our society. It may and will change. All facts can never be learned and any guesses that scientists make will need to be refined and changed as more and more solid evidence is found. However, when you use this imperfection as a way to say religion is more important than science, you are missing the point of both. Religion is there to be something more for people who need it. Science is there to say this is how our universe works. It is not there to prove or disprove anything religion has to say about it.

If more people could take either one for what it is, as a separate entity from one another. I think the world would be more accepting of both religion and science. I believe this understanding is what will lead to peace among many people who have argued for centuries over whether religion or science is “The Answer.”

Why We Shouldn't Put Religion and Science in a Competition

It is possible for for science and religion to get along. However, it is only possible if we don't pit them against each other. Religion will always have a problem with the fact that science is changing and something that is a "fact" today may not be a "fact", or may be a different "fact", tomorrow. Science will always have a problem with religion being based on faith. Scientists work hard to prove any claim they make with evidence they find through empirical research. They put very little faith in any one thing and always question if anything is correct, which leads to new findings and new evidence.

This is where the problem lies. If we can't separate science and religion and see them as two separate things we will, as a society, never be able to say that science is good and religion is good, too. It will always be a battle of, "Science is flawed, Jesus can save you!" or, "Religion is flawed, Science is the true answer."

However, when we see them for what they really are, two separate entities, they can get along as well as the people who follow them. If you are religious, there is absolutely nothing wrong with believing what science has proven. In the same token if you are scientific, there is nothing wrong with believing whatever religion you want. However, when you start to disbelieve one or the other based on what you consider is "The Truth", you are closing out any room, in society and for yourself, to consider anything good that may come as a product of the other thing, be it science or religion.

Inspiration and Other Hubs

I wrote this hub as a response to another hub by hubber Au fait. The hub is:

Is Science Capable of Proving God Exists or Does Not Exist?

If you liked this hub please see my other religion and lifestyle based hubs:

Rock and Roll and Religious Festivals: Common Roots or Music of the Gods?

Summary and Argument Against Descartes's Meditations on First Philosophy

Gay and Lesbian Rights and Love


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    • Au fait profile image

      C E Clark 

      5 years ago from North Texas

      While I appreciate your making a link to my hub and becoming a follower, etc., I do not find this hub in any way relevant to mine. I wrote my hub in answer to atheists who continually demand/insist one of 2 things. Either that Christians scientifically prove God exists, or atheists insist that science has already proven God does not exist. Both are wishful thinking on the part of atheists.

      So it is atheists who are mixing science and religion. I only used references from National Geographic and PBS to back up the fact that science is often wrong and about some very simple things, not just the complicated ones.

      I did not shed light on the things I listed that science has gotten wrong because I am a Christian. It's a fact that we have 6 taste buds instead of just 4. It's a fact that science can't decide whether coffee, eggs, and palm oil are healthy or not, and so science flip flops on these subjects. To suggest I'm claiming these things are wrong when really I just made the up to make science look bad and Christianity look good is ludicrous. You're really reaching on that in an effort to make atheism look good.

      When did these entities, PBS and National Geographic, become religious organizations promoting religious views about science? You did insinuate that it was because of religion that I am accusing science of being wrong. In fact I merely stated the facts I found from the scientific community itself and I gave my references for those findings.

      If you had in fact read my hub in it's entirety I think you would write something different. Giving you the benefit of the doubt here. The thing about commenting on a hub you haven't read is that it makes you look foolish to anyone who has read it. This particular hub was 3500 words, so you have a lot to be wrong about.

      I have no interest in making science wrong about anything. I do believe however, that atheists should take responsibility for their beliefs and stop blaming science for them, because science at this time, has no chance or prayer, whichever you prefer, of proving God exists, or not. To blame science for a lack of belief in God is not logical when science has so far proven nothing. Every time science comes up with proof of this or that, science changes that proof sooner or later, which means it was never proof in the first place.

      Like I said, admit that the real reason you don't believe in God is that you don't believe in God. You really have no reason other than that is what you prefer to believe. Stop blaming science. You don't have to justify your lack of belief in God so stop accusing people of all manner of things in an effort to do so.

      If you had read my hub in it's entirety you would know that my references were the scientific community itself and that my references were given for anyone who wishes to check them personally. I think the first thing anyone who does that will notice is that PBS and National Geographic are not religious organizations trying to remain relevant by accusing science of being wrong.

      Personally, I think God is himself a scientist. God is everywhere and created everything. To separate God from science is to separate Bill Gates and Steve Jobs from computers.

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      5 years ago

      Science and Religion: Why we shouldn't mix them? This is entirely what is so ridiculously wrong with this world. God is science. Every religious belief is a variation of the same thing. Evolution and creation are the same thing. Religion and science are the same thing, merely seperated by time. This subject has been answered with another hub.

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      5 years ago from UK and Mexico

      Hi Jake4: I followed you from the remark on Missy's article. I think you have made an important point that people of any faith - or none - should be able to get along with science. But your position "on the fence" would not be one I could sustain for long. I mean, I get along perfectly well as a non-believer of anything metaphysical, but could not pass a comfortable day without what science has done for mankind.

      Religion looks within man for its roots and belief; science looks into the universe to glean what may be facts and what it can give to man to make life easier. Science tries to escape the self and personal prejudices; religion cannot remain true without them. We only have to see the violent demonstations in the Middle East this week to see the truth of this...

      You are right, though, these subjects need answering with another hub!

      The harder we grab for truth, the more ephemeral it becomes!



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