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Is it possible to have an avid hunger for knowledge about science and still have faith in God?

Asked by: KaileyFox
  • Yes, faith is different from proof

    When you believe in God, you are believing something is true without proof. You are, essentially, taking someone's word for it. You cannot prove it no matter how hard you try. This contrasts to science, where things can be conclusively proved. While being a scientist means you are trained to find proof, and this goes against blind faith, it does not exclude it. This training likely explains why many people are aethiests, but does not make it impossible. In fact, many scientists are christian. One example is Darwin.

  • Of course it is

    Science and God go hand in hand because science is the study of Gods amazing creation. Everything points to intelligent design, but the design is so intricate and fascinating that it is a wonderful thing to study and learn about.

    God created science and left it for us to explore and discover.

  • Yes, of course

    Not a blind faith, and probably the way you see God will change as you become more aware and clear thinking, but that can only be good. After all, if God is God, science should not contradict the essense of who he is, though it may and probably will contradict unfounded assumptions about him that we humans have come up with over the millennia. My opinion anyways.

  • Of course it's possible

    Through digging deeper into science i was able to know God , the creator of this amazing and perfect universe . When you look at your self in how every thing in our body is organized , you will certainly believe that there must be a creator for all such perfect creation,

  • Demographics prove the point.

    Obviously it is possible to be a scientist and to still believe in god(s). One needs only to look at the fact that there are some religious scientists to prove the point. However, I would argue that it is impossible to be an intellectually fulfilled scientist (that is to say, one who follows the scientific method in all intellectual pursuits) and still be religious, because religion is at best an untestable nonscientific hypothesis and at worst directly contradictory to established scientific principles (depending upon one's individual religious beliefs and upon various epistemological arguments beyond the scope of this response).

  • Yes! Quite easy actually.

    Religion is a belief about something that, ultimately, cannot be proven or dis proven. Science is the study of things that can be or may be provable. Science and religion do not even overlap in this sense. Many people make the mistake of assuming religion and science are opposites of the same coin, but in reality they are opposite sides of two separate coins. You can be religious, scientific, religious and scientific, or non-religious and non-scientific. There is little to no reason why it would not be possible.

  • Difficult, but possible.

    While religion tends to push for willing ignorance (belief without evidence, a.K.A. Faith), having a 'hunger for knowledge about science' conflicts with that. Wanting to question and learn the 'why' and 'how' of things conflicts with a motivation to refrain from questioning and to accept without a 'why' or 'how'. However, that does not make it impossible to have both; it is easily possible for combinations to emerge, such as a dichotomy (splitting the idea of the world into 'natural' and 'supernatural', while questioning only the natural) or a merging (pushing the concept of a god further back into the gaps in knowledge and linking what is revealed to said concept).

  • Absolutely, God and Science go Together.

    It is of course possible and respectable to crave knowledge of science and of God. I personally believe that science is just another one of God's beautiful works, and that people often try to study one without the other. Through science I think that God created our universe, but people find this hard to comprehend. It's just beginning to understand that they go hand in hand that is difficult for some. I think it is perfectly okay to want to learn more about science and believe in God as well, just remember to try not to isolate one as you explore the other.

  • Of course. Maybe God wants us to understand our world.

    I believe that if a benign god exists, he/she would want the best for his/her people. That definitely includes knowledge. But really, religion and science are two ways of seeing the same coin: science is the physical aspect whereas religion is the psychological. To truly understand God and be at one with him/her, you must understand the world. And ponder this: "God" may not be an awareness, but the laws of the universe. Ever notice how perfectly things run? Or the universal balance?

  • Yes they can

    In my opinion it is absolutely possible for a person to be a student of the sciences and even pursue a career in the sciences while having a belief and faith in God. Many Christians embrace the quest for scientific knowledge and I am certain this is true for followers of other faiths as well.

  • Not possible unless you are not really into science.

    Science is based off of facts not opinions and interpretations like religion. You cant just walk into a scientific community and say i believe the world is flat and say they are wrong even though they can take you to space and show you the sphere shape our world has. In the end religion changes over time yet science only progresses and stays on course.

  • No, it is not

    From many people who I have spoken to say that in their years of attending university; they gradually stopped believe in God. As they gained knowledge; it became illogical and unreasonable to believe in one when science can explain a lot of things better than a priest, rabbi or mullah/lmam and a holy book can.

  • It can't be.

    I wrote a very lengthy response, and Debate.Org did not save it. This is it summed down.

    1. Religion is a community driven and based construct.
    1a. Religion focuses on spiritual truth, which is unable to be provided by reasoning, and instead focuses on personal experience.

    2. This lack of empirical truth puts science and religion at odds. No provable truths on religion's part make understanding religion impossible for science-focused individuals.

    Religion is important, but not as a truth-seeking device.


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