Monday, May 13, 2013

Science VS Religion

For many people on both sides of the issue one believes either in science or religion but not both. I believe that they are not mutually exclusive but two parts of the human experience. Religion is a personal spiritual experience that can not be measured by others. Science is measurements of the universe around us.

My mother was always a very spiritual Christian woman and taught me about God and prayer from a very early age. As a young man I had a powerful spiritual experience that I interpreted from a Christian point of view. For me there is no doubt that God exist and relates to all creation for I have felt the presence of the Holy Spirit.

I have always been interested in science and still enjoy studying it. Science has to deal with things that can be observed and measured. The fact that over time new measurements have cause scientist to change their theories does not bother me. The gathering of new information and adjusting theories is an on going part of a scientist profession.

I do not see a conflict between the two disciplines regardless of the beliefs of the religion. For me science can only discover the things God created. For me faith reveals the why of the what and that is enough.


  1. Good post, Pastor. I agree completely with you.

  2. Great post! My favorite line: "The fact that over time new measurements have cause scientist to change their theories does not bother me." I wish more people understood that this is a good thing.

    Famed evolutionary biologist Stephen Jay Gould proffered the idea of NOMA: Non-Overlapping Magesteria. That is to say that there is no conflict between science and religion, so long as they each do not exceed their mandate. Religion will never be in conflict with science if it avoids making testable claims.

    I'm not certain I agree with NOMA as a useful way of determining where the boundary lies, as what is and is not testable by science changes by the day. But it does go fairly far in giving a philosophical justification (and explanation) for how otherwise seemingly dissonant (religious and scientific) ideas can rationally occupy the same sound mind: the ides do not exist on the same continuum and thus are no more in conflict than is the color of an object and its size.

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