Can both science & religion coexist together? what is your opinion?

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  1. Adamowen profile image71
    Adamowenposted 10 years ago

    Can both science & religion coexist together? what is your opinion?

  2. sahbam16 profile image67
    sahbam16posted 10 years ago

    I think it depends upon your viewpoint on what constitutes religion. The way I see it religion was purposed as a uniting force thus, when it is not fulfilling this role it has lost its true meaning. Therefore arguably it is difficult to say that the current state of Christianity, Islam etc... lends itself to be compatible with science. However if there be a united religion which has maintained the reason for its inception at its core then yes I would say it can and in fact complements science.

  3. daydreamer13 profile image60
    daydreamer13posted 10 years ago

    Of course they can coexist together. Once you really get into it, they actually compliment each other.

  4. profile image0
    Old Empresarioposted 10 years ago

    As we continue to discover more and more through science, all of the old myths are wiped away. We are beyond the point of the science and religion coexisting. For that matter, we are actually beyond the point of capitalism and religion coexisting, which is astonishing.

    1. LandmarkWealth profile image67
      LandmarkWealthposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Capitalism and Religion exist just fine.  Capitalist are not inherently opposed to helping the impoverished.  They just don't believe that gov't is an effective means to deliver assistance. Private charity is a part of the capitalist model. AKA Faith

    2. profile image0
      Old Empresarioposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Religion is a function of capitalism, but so is science. Media conglomerates have to choose between the two for fill. It's an indicator that TV networks are showing content of cavemen, astrophysics, and evolution as fact now.

    3. LandmarkWealth profile image67
      LandmarkWealthposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Religion has existed outside of free market societies. And Evolutionary theory is still just theory.  Even if proven true, it does not negate the possibility of intelligent design behind the beginning of the evolutionary process.

    4. Robert the Bruce profile image62
      Robert the Bruceposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Landmark, you misunderstand the scientific def. of "theory." Evolution is accepted around the world and has been proven over and over. Wherever religion dominates society is where evolution is doubted. And yes---evolution and a Creator can coexist.

    5. LandmarkWealth profile image67
      LandmarkWealthposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      I understand the definition fine.  Academic consensus is not proof.  True scientific fact is an observable fact.  Consensus has been overturned many times in the past.

    6. Robert the Bruce profile image62
      Robert the Bruceposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      "Academic consensus" is mostly based on the research and experimentation that has already been done. Evolution is an observable fact. It's still happening today. Evolution is here to stay because it's the best explanation for what we see around us.

    7. LandmarkWealth profile image67
      LandmarkWealthposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      There is no direct established link of transitional fossils from ape to man.  And no observations of the kind have been proven.  That doesn't mean it doesn't exist.  It just means there are a lot of pieces that seem to fit with many still missing.

    8. Robert the Bruce profile image62
      Robert the Bruceposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      I agree there's lots of pieces that do not fit perfectly...that's just the nature of science. Time yields results. The discoveries just in the past 100 years are amazing. Also, science doesn't claim man evolved from apes. Anyway, I won't bother you.

    9. LandmarkWealth profile image67
      LandmarkWealthposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Time yields results...and at times changes to consensus.  There was a time when the notion that the universe was expanding was well outside the mainstream.

  5. stclairjack profile image78
    stclairjackposted 10 years ago

    they already do,... even when two species are at odds with each other, they still co-exist in as much as they both live together, one will never completely destroy the other,... the human mind has created religion to explain what his other favorite tool, science, cannot,... the amount and type of work done by each tool has changed over the centuries, but mankind still very much uses both tools, for both good and bad ends,... science and religion are nothing more than man made tools,... no different than knives and paint brushes,... its just up to us weather we will carve and paint beautiful works of art that inspire us to greater thoughts,... or just splatter grafiti and draw each others blood.

    but the knife and the paintbrush will still both exist,... the same as science and religion.... always

  6. LandmarkWealth profile image67
    LandmarkWealthposted 10 years ago

    Of course they can.  There is nothing yet discovered that makes them mutually exclusive.  There is a myth out there that people of science are inherently lacking in religious faith.  While the role of organized religion has declined somewhat, faith still exists in the scientific community.  Most notably, Francis Collins.  He was the famed geneticist that headed the human genome project.  Once a self proclaimed atheist, his views evolved to bring him to the point of becoming an Evangelical Christian.   

    A few year ago Rice University had completed a study on evaluating the role of faith in the scientific community by interviewing the top scientists from across the top universities and research organizations.  The results showed that while there were certainly more atheist in the scientific community in comparison to the general population, it was still not the majority.  Among Doctors, who are highly trained in the scientific field, 75% of them considered themselves to be believers in faith.   In the more general scientific fields, both natural and social sciences, the results showed a little more than half of them were people of faith.   

    The real decline has been in the allegiance to specific religious organizations.  It's hard to convince me as well, that as a catholic, I have a quicker path to the grace of God than a Protestant.  Or vice versa.

  7. Beata Stasak profile image82
    Beata Stasakposted 10 years ago

    Yes of course, just like history, philosopgy and religion are interalated, natural sciences enrich religion enormoulsy and like wise...there is so much wisdom hidden there you just need to know how to interpreted....

  8. IDONO profile image60
    IDONOposted 10 years ago

    I don't really have an answer, but I recommend watching a movie that I saw called "The Genesis Code"  It proves through physics that the Earth could be created in 6 days. Heady, but interesting.

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    sheilamyersposted 10 years ago

    Sure I do. The others have already given more in-depth explanations so I'll keep my simple. If I didn't think they couldn't co-exist, I wouldn't be a Christian who also holds a degree in environmental science.

  10. Bibowen profile image89
    Bibowenposted 10 years ago

    The fact is that the two have coexisted together relatively peacefully for several centuries in western Christian states. It has only been recently that the conflict has become culture-wide, due to the influx of people who are looking at science more as "scientism" and less as a method of learning about material causation. Their attempt to view science as a kind of pseudo religion has turned the culture into a "science v. religion" face off.

    1. Robert the Bruce profile image62
      Robert the Bruceposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      When exactly have Christianity and science coexisted peacefully? The entirety of the Middle Ages were a dark time for science because of the Catholic Church. Then came the Enlightenment (Reason). Then came Darwin and great advances in science.

    2. Bibowen profile image89
      Bibowenposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      The birthplace of modern science was medieval Christendom. Historians of science such as Gary Fergren have refuted the "Conflict Thesis" as an explanation between Christianity and Science. The relationship was much more nuanced.

    3. Robert the Bruce profile image62
      Robert the Bruceposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      If DaVinci were alive today, I suppose we could ask him what the Catholic Church thought of his little science experiments. I dare say he would tell a different tale than what you have said. Anyway, I won't keep this going.

  11. Robert the Bruce profile image62
    Robert the Bruceposted 9 years ago

    Religion binds people to a set of dogmas, most of them unreasonable, unprovable, and outdated. Science promotes nothing---it is simply the best way to learn about our universe. So, considering this, no---religion and science cannot coexist without at least SOME confrontation.

    If you would ask the question, "Can both science and a Creator coexist," then I would have to say yes. Science cannot prove that a Creator does NOT exist, and many people personally feel that some intelligent, creative force is responsible for starting the universe. I hold this opinion. The Creator has given us nature to study and find out what we can about him. The religions of the world which claim revelation from God are but man-made forgeries. They require you to put aside your natural ability to reason and instead embrace an irrational "faith."


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