Truth in Science and Religion


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     I was recently sent a very interesting article from the BBC entitled Big Bang: is there room for God?Coming from a religious background, it is sometimes hard for me to express my agnostic beliefs for fear of being looked down on or simply because the ensuing discussions always tend to become heated. One of the things that makes me uncertain about religion is the fact that believers always think they know "the absolute truth". In religion there isn't room for doubt or questions, merely for faith. I enjoy philosophy because its not content with a notion of truth. For centuries philosophers have tried to find its meaning as well as its intrinsic and instrumental values; the search still continues. Uncertainty is why I was drawn to this class in the first place, because I like when people admit to not truly knowing anything, especially scientists that have gifted the world with a plethora of knowledge. The question that continues to plague me is whether or not Theology and Science can coexist, or if the two entities must remain separate. 

     This article touched base upon that while discussing the discovery of the Higgs Boson as well as a recent meeting in Geneva that consisted of theologians, physicists and philosophers  discussing the Big Bang. 


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     Science and religion are often thought of as opposing forces. This is why I found it so intriguing that this meeting took place. I pictured countless arguments and essentially three groups of people ineffectively communicating beliefs and premises so different, it's hard to visualize any form of consensus. It must be noted that the purpose of the meeting was simply communication while the outcome was the agreement that discussions should continue. 

    I wanted to write about this article because I think it's important to ponder this question as a member of this class. Despite what people may think, there is no truth in Science. In fact, the moment the slightest thing changes, especially in Physics, all the old information is rendered useless. Science is about what works and a working process that is never truly complete. Nevertheless, I think its important to try and find a medium ground between people who are religious and those who believe in Science. To go back to the Big Bang, there could always be the chance that God initiated it, but this notion is dismissed by atheists and those who are religious and believe Science to be a threat. However, this article discusses John Lennox, a professor of mathematics in Oxford Unversity and a self professed Christian who very insightfully noted that "If the atheists are right the mind that does science... is the end product of a mindless unguided process.", he believes that atheism undermines the rationality he needs in order to actually practice science. It may be that he has created a small but still existent space for God in the Science community. There may just be some room for God in the Science world, or at least in Geneva. 


Do you believe Science and God can ever coexist? 

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I definitely think Science and God can coexist. I grew up in a family of about half atheists and half christians. I honestly don't think it matters what it is we believe in as long as we respect each other, and try our best to understand why it is we have different beliefs. There will always be uncertainties in the world regardless of whether believe in science or God.

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