Religion will impede scientific progress just as it always has.
Just look at Galileo!
Just look at stem cell research!
Just look at the fact there are still fighting against the teaching of Evolution in schools! (Which by the way has foundation in fact)
Some religions fight against education for women!
There already IS a relationship between science and religion, albeit an extremely dysfunctional one that involves censorship and impediment.
Over time people have tried to separate faith from science, but in truth, the two can co-exist. A scientist can have faith in God while still trying to explain the world around him through the logic of scientific study. The two do not contradict, nor should they cause a crisis of faith.
Understanding Science and Faith
We are curious creatures. For most of us, we are not satisfied with "just because" as an answer for our daily lives. We want to know why water boils at a certain temperature, why some trees grow in one state, but no in another, why some babies have blue eyes and others have brown. Out of our innate need for understanding came science. Scientists study the world around us to explain things. They look at the world through impartial eyes to see how things work. From those studies have come wonderful things like medicine, airplanes, cars, etc.
Faith, meanwhile, is also a way to explain everything, but it gives a different sort of explanation. To Christians, God created the universe. Though we cannot see Him, He is in everything and knows everything. We have one, true God that provides and gives us a sense of order. Faith gives us the idea that there is order to the universe, because God created it. However, faith does not always give us detailed answers as to how things work. We know things work, we know things have relationships, because God created the world that way. This aspect of our faith is important in understanding how faith and science can go hand-in-hand.
The media loves to watch people butt heads. But last I checked there are churches in my town that aren't being raided and vandalized by scientists (many of whom attend church) and religious folk are not destroying science labs. The friction between science and religion is media-driven horsesh**. Most Christians do not take the Bible literally, and by most I mean 99.99999999999% of people.
Religion is basically a way to bind people together. Whether or not God exists, spirituality exists, and religion attempts to make sense of that longer we feel. Science doesn't bother with that stuff, despite the many charlatons and hucksters who think we can science our way to Utopia.
The truth is the media sells science the same way it sell slap clops, anything to make a buck. Same with religion. But the conflict is manufactured. Television figured out a long time ago how popular Maurey is, so they simply apply that to everything.
I'm a Christian and I think of science as the blueprints of God's creation. Science answers all of my questions and it helps me to understand things better such as how animals evolve and how things work. However, I have to disagree with the big bang theory. I don't see how an explosion could create earth, but maybe I'm missing something. Feel free to correct me on anything.
I wonder if the same question could be applied to science and art. Their relationship could also be compared without the heated emotions associated with the science-religion relationship. A critical review of the natures of science and art would probably result in an understanding that these are totally without relationship. Art is based upon perception and expression while science is based upon analysis and critical review. An artist does not employ the scientific method in his work and a scientist does not express emotions in an analysis. Yet, both are an attempt to explore, examine, and relate the natural world. This view also ignores the intermediate relationship of medical illustrators, nature photographers, forensic artists, and other individuals who represent a tangible link between science and art. If one digs a little deeper, science lies behind the greatest tools of artists, pigments and paints. On the other side, art can bring scientific concepts to life, allowing presentation to the masses. A relationship can, and does, exist between science and art. The believe the same is true for science and religion.
We see no relationship between science and religion only because we choose to do so. If choose to look deeper the relationship can be seen. We can at least accept this relationship whether we believe in God or not. Science and religion are very different; no rational mind would say that they are the same. This does not mean that a relationship does not exist. My son and I are very different, but I definitely have relationship with him. We have many things in common.
Religious people must not ignore scientific discoveries, we should embrace them as a deeper understanding of creation. Scientists, as well as others, should understand that religious individuals can have a respect for science and even an involvement in scientific disciplines. They must understand that religion is an attempt to address things that can not be tested by science. The religious and irreligious alike must accept that all things cannot be proven scientifically, nor should be a requirement. We must all accept that rational people can see, or fail to see, specific relationships without being idiots. We cannot equate science and religion but we can explore the relationship that exists between them. If we can't accept the fact that a single theory doesn't represent the totality of science and that a single religious doctrine does not define a faith we have no chance of exploring this fascinating relationship and will, in fact, likely assert that no relationship exists. We can't make religion a science, and we can't attribute god-like qualities to science.
Yes, science and religion must interface in order for us to understand some fundamentals of the human condition. Some of this interface has already begun with studies of mystical states and even near death experiences. DMT, an endogenous hallucinogen, has even been implicated as potentially responsible for a wide variety of mystical states. If science does not acknowledge that humans are having powerful subjective experiences and seek to understand them, it is failing. In denying, or ignoring experiences like NDEs, mystical and religious states, "alien abductions" and other "fringe" phenomena, science is being just as dogmatic and irrational as many religious people or other "believers" who deny or ignore evidence that is presented to them. If we are to be scientific, we must start from the truth that people have these experiences, regardless of any per-conceived notions we may have about why, and we must look at them with sincerity and curiosity and a genuine interest in understanding them.
Science is amazing, our world is amazing, its systems are so incredibly perfect.
How did these systems come to be? God created them. I think God is one of the only things that explains why science is even possible.
Both go hand in hand because they are both about our world, how it comes to be and how it works.
It is a fallacy to prove something exists by saying there are no proves it doesn't. People like to think the unoverse was created by a god, but then, who created god? People need to realize there is no need to go a step further the universe is the one that was created out of nothing not god.
Any intellectually honest person will admit that he does not know why the universe exists. Scientists, of course, readily admit there ignorance on this point. Religious believers do not. Wish full thinking will not make something true, and the great thing about science is its true whether you believe in it or not. Scientist don't pretend to know things they don't know, the religious do this often and call it faith. If one had sufficient evidence to warrant belief in a particular claim, then one wouldn’t believe the claim on the basis of faith. “Faith” is the word one uses when one does not have enough evidence to justify holding a belief, but when one just goes ahead and believes anyway. By every reasonable measure science has improved the lot of humanity by orders of magnitude more than any other institution. The scientific method is the most important discovery in the entire history of the human race. The essence of that method is actively seeking out disconfirming evidence, doubt, analysis, critique, skepticism, and defeasibility. Religion can not and will not survive such scrutiny.
There cannot be a mutually benefitial relationship between them simply because only one side will benefit from the other (while trying to hold it back, ironically), and this is Religion.
Religion gives nothing to Science. Gives no evidence. Gives no plausible questions. And worse: creates complete illiterates who will call themselves scientists ("Creation Scientists" seriously...).
Science, on the other hand, is frequently improving mankind's lifestyle with their discoveries. And religious people, while benefitting from these discoveries (vaccines, drugs, technology like mobiles and cars, satellites etc etc) are constantly trying to discredit it.
There certainly CAN be a relationship between religion and science, but history has shown that this "relationship" has consisted of nothing but religion holding science back. So if you consider a parasitic relationship to still be a relationship, then the answer is yes.
The reality of the situation is that science and religion have absolutely nothing in common what so ever. The only reason they have occasionally coexisted in the past is because they have been forced too by circumstance. Science is based entirely on facts, evidence, and observations while religion is based on nothing but blind faith.
It is in humanity's best interest to keep the two completely separate.
Science is the humility that we don't have all the answers but are willing to research until we do, and as we go change our findings as we discover more. Religion is the statement that we are slaves and must not question the Lords Will...... They do not co-exist, science merely tolerates religion.
There should be no question in the first place. Science and Religion are not Creatures or humans. A relationship is to say there is a way to hide the lies with in the truth. Science is the act of "Finding the Answers" Religion is the act of " Accepting things without the answers" Or LOGIC v.S. FAITH.
Most of us have feel the compelling act or concept of "acceptance", we have been conditioned for the last one thousand years to accept things and not question as to "why they exist", "why does it work that way", "how to explain it" and other questions as such and when some try to answer those questions they are label as non-believers.
Science has been trying to help us answer these and many other questions with hypothetical or physical proof, yet only to be mock by those who say that these proof are fabricated to lie and stain the word of God.
In fact, religion can have a positive impact on science, such as in the development of modern medical ethics. Many early scientific leaders were devout Christians such as Galileo Galilei but was branded a heretic for publicly expressing that the Earth was not the center of the Universe and for saying that the sun had dark spots.
It must seems that I just jabbering to no specific point here but, some people see science and religion as enemies, at war for leadership in our modern culture. Others see science and religion as completely separate and unrelated parts of life. However, science is not the only source of facts, and religion reaches beyond the realm of values and morals.
Science can also enhance the spiritual life of believers. Religious people should be able to rejoice in scientific discoveries that reveal the glory of God the creator, but those who take the religious teaching too literal will never see it that way.