The Compatibility of Science and Religion Argumentative Essay by Jessie

The Compatibility of Science and Religion
Argues that science and religion are compatible because belief in one does not necessarily negate belief in the other.
# 149505 | 910 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on Dec 20, 2011 in Philosophy (Science) , Philosophy (Religion) , Religion and Theology (General)

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This paper explains that belief in science and faith in religion are based on two distinct sets of validations and logic that are thought by some people to be incompatible but not by other people. Next, the author underscores that evidence is the primary support of belief in science; whereas, faith over evidence is stressed through religious doctrine. The paper concludes that, until science is able to disprove the existence of a creator, the rift between the faith of religion and the empiricism of science is likely to continue for some people.

From the Paper:

"Religion, at its very heart, is based on faith and therefore defies evidence. Religion is a personal matter. As John Polkinghorne offers, "the God of Christian theology is a personal God." While scientists may be described as pragmatic realists, philosophers are less exacting or sure of reality. Individuals might choose to believe in God just as they may choose to belief in Santa Claus, the Easter bunny, or UFO's. Such examples may seem trite; however, they do make the point that many atheists contend is the reason to reject religion. Blind faith in a certain set of issues, such as a particular religion, justifies faith in other illusions which also confound science's ability to prove.
"Such an understanding of religion might assign it cultural value that is distinct from the understandings and empiricism of science. For example, religion has been demonstrated to particularly proscribe specific modes of working, eating, and interrelating with fellow human beings. Such principles may simply be the result of a society's acceptance of a certain morality. Many religious individuals fear that adherence to atheism involves no moral support. This too is false, as the majority of atheists are able to live and believe in a moral order."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Dawkins, R. "Is Science a Religion" The Humanist, January/February, 1997.
  • Polkinghorne, J. "Can a Scientist Pray?" Colloquium 26 (1) 1994.

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