There seems to be a trend developing in our society that endorses an either/or sort of thinking. This is likely true in part to the tribalism that has become so forceful in politics and elsewhere. We aren’t allowed to diverge from the standard party line on any specific issues. We must swallow it all, hook, line and stinker.
Doubtless that has had some effect in the realm of science and religion. Buttressed by the popular, if incorrect, belief that the two are incompatible, many parrot themes to that effect spontaneously. Worse than simply repeating such thoughts, many will go to extreme to defend them without any real reason to.
It’s a shame these people feel so strongly that religion and science are somehow inherently and diametrically opposed. We have tried to show consistently how inaccurate that is. For part of that group, it is religious faith of any kind, for others it is more specifically directed at Christianity. All they see is conflict between science and the Christian faith.
Others may be less adamant about any actual conflict but still see the two as essentially irrelevant and unrelated. Two different worlds that have no impact on each other. But, the truth is that Science and Christian Theology Mutually Inform Each Other.A writer shares his response to a book that helped him reexamine his concept of these belief systems. A Short History of Nearly Everything explains science in a way that is at once entertaining and approachable to the lay reader. Click To Tweet
A Short History of Nearly Everything
Here’s a quick thought challenge:
Which do you believe in or support (choose one)? Either music or food, entertainment or health, courage or colors, education or peace? That’s a crazy question, it’s nonsensical. The contrasts are between different categories, they concern two different aspects of life. There is no either/or there.
So, there is no logical antipathy between them but they can certainly coexist and even complement one another in some ways. A music festival wouldn’t be the same without its selection of food and drink. We can enjoy various forms of entertainment better when we are healthy.
A writer shares his response to a popular book that helped him reexamine his own concept of these belief systems. An international bestseller, A Short History of Nearly Everything explains science in a way that is at once entertaining and approachable to the lay reader.
The one thing I did appreciate when I was writing “A Short History” was that conventional science and a belief in God are absolutely not incompatible.
“So-called science deniers can sometimes champion anti-social causes. So, let me state another clear finding of Brysons work: Research works, and so does the scientific method. Scientific inquiry and literature do in fact build; discoveries and breakthroughs continue to improve our understanding and even save lives. However, to deny the mysteries and the contested conversations in the scientific process is to overlook the beauty and utility of the enterprise.
“In this way, religion and science may not be quite so far apart as some contend. There is much still waiting to be discovered and revealed; there are so many unknowns in both science and religion alike.
“Simply stated, the two are not mutually exclusive.”
Read in more detail at Guest opinion: Does science destroy religion and scripture?.