Science is almost like a maze in the human rat race to find which scientist can redefine or reinventm which

theory can be disapproved. the in the quest of finding out how the natural world can be manipulated to fit there invidiual agendas. It is a good thing to aquire more knowledge and with that understanding to the world around us through the use of scientific observance, experiement s and hthe like. There are many scientific discoveris, advancements which is good in the area of modern medicine. What is the basis of the quest to rbetter understanding of how the natural world works. This can be done through the use of experiments, manipulations, observations, and inventions. Science will to me will always seek a means of changing, altering things that have already been defined and created. to pursue how the natural world and the elements that make itup something can be changed that was established in the past in order to find a modernized way of producing the desired results. Perhaps a scientific reinventing of the wheel? But how can something be reinvented when it was already formed before from the past Science is interesting in the sense that it serves as a building block to those things that were established from the past. can unlock some unknown facts from the past and bring which may bring about additional discoveries redefine or find more inventive way of doing something that may not have been discovered in the past. Almost like the separation of church and state there are those who stand firm that science and religion are separate entities and therefore cannot be interconnected. As scienc

So why do science? I - the individual perspective
So why are all these people described above doing what they're doing? In most cases, they're collecting information to test new ideas or to disprove old ones. Scientists become famous for discovering new things that change how we think about nature, whether the discovery is a new species of dinosaur or a new way in which atoms bond. Many scientists find their greatest joy in a previously unknown fact (a discovery) that explains something problem previously not explained, or that overturns some previously accepted

Religion Informs Science
For centuries, religion has had plenty to say to science. To keep the discussion concise, the development of modern science is a good example. It is often thought that religious belief was actually a hindrance to the early progress of science, and the disagreement between the church and Galileo (see below) is cited as a popular case. However, religious belief actually was entirely compatible with scientific progress. For example, when the top 52 scientists during the emergence of modern science in medieval Europe were surveyed for their religious beliefs, 62 percent could be classified as devout, 35 percent as conventionally religious, and only two scientists, 3.8% percent, could be classified as skeptics.4 Given that many of these scientists — referred to as natural philosophers — helped lay the foundation for modern science, there is

with its own inherent rationality. With the constant advance of technology and medicine. This is well summarized by professor Roger Trigg: "Their belief in God gave them confidence that the physical world. modern science has developed from an understanding of the world as God’s ordered Creation.) The scientific method alone does not provide a way of answering these ethical questions but can only help in mapping out the possible alternatives. Furthermore. makes his position clear In a letter to the Grand Duchess of Tuscany: "[In] St. In Galileo’s time there was a heated disagreement over the interpretation of a few Bible verses in poetic sections of the Psalms.' " "This granted. but rather his own interpretation. Science Informs Religion As mentioned above. If it was assumed that these scriptures were meant to be read as science. who remained a loyal Catholic to the end of his life. one well-known historic example of the interaction between science and religion is the Galileo Affair. could be understood. not what is in the Bible. Overwhelming scientific evidence points to an old earth. it is the function of expositors to seek out the true senses of scriptural texts. Such ethical concerns are only resolved by standards of morality that find grounding and authority through faith in a higher being. Galileo had been convinced by Copernicus’ argument that this was impossible. […] As a matter of historical fact. it is also a prime example of scientific contribution to religious belief. However. . but what he has found in himself and imagines to be there. then there is certainly substantive interplay between the two bodies of knowledge. With those statistics in mind. in all its complexity and vast extent. which is beyond his comprehension. and it being true that two truths cannot contradict one another. and not primarily as poetry.hardly room to suggest there was any incompatibility between scientific advancement and religion. but it also exerts a positive and significant influence on the practical application of scientific discoveries. Although it is often cited as an example of conflict between science and religion. then they could be interpreted to say that the Earth was physically central in the universe." 5 This is not to say that modern science would never have developed without the aid of religious faith. new questions are continually raised as to what applications should be deemed ethically acceptable. Galileo. for he opposes to the truth not the meaning of the Bible. These will unquestionably accord with the physical conclusions which manifest sense and necessary demonstrations have previously made certain to us. Even today there is plenty of opportunity for similar guidance. it should not be surprising that a religious worldview played a significant role in nurturing the development of modern science. but that science had offered a refinement to their proper understanding." 7 Galileo was not suggesting that his discoveries were contrary to the truth revealed through scripture. However. If the scriptures of Genesis are true. Augustine we read: 'If anyone shall set the authority of Holy Writ against clear and manifest reason. particularly when interpreting the first chapters of Genesis. they are not meant to be interpreted as a step-by-step account of when or how God created the world. religion has not only served to advance scientific discovery. he who does this knows not what he has undertaken.6 (See Collins’s Appendix in The Language of God. if religious belief can also function as a framework within which scientific progress flourishes.

See "How was the Genesis creation story interpreted before Darwin?" and "What factors should be considered in determining how to approach a passage of scripture?". See also: Stephen Jay Gould. and the meaning of others can be enriched by scientific and historical knowledge." Faraday Papers. While science and religion do interact and inform one another. That is. John Polkinghorne. "The Science and Religion Debate: An Introduction. (New York: Ballantine Books.” 8 Conclusion From the examples above. one should always keep in mind the appropriate boundaries for each source of knowledge. Professor Donald Mackay offers a healthy perspective on scientific involvement with religion: ”Obviously a surface meaning of many passages could be tested. Because science provides knowledge about the natural world." Natural History Magazine 106 (1997). or with the wrong expectations. 1 (2007). God’s existence is not something that can be tested by the scientific method in the same way the existence of postulated new elementary particles are tested in supercolliders. at the wrong angle. whether it be natural or supernatural. Oddly enough. Notes 1. for example. neither is an exhaustive source of truth. no amount of testing or theorizing could prove or disprove the existence of a supernatural creator. But I want to suggest that the primary function of scientific enquiry in such fields is neither to verify nor to add to the inspired picture. Rather than an empirical claim about nature or its laws. but to help us in eliminating improper ways of reading it. However. to be able to see the inspired pattern he means it to convey to us. 1st ed. against archaeological discoveries. it is clear that science and religion can have a constructive relationship. Read Ted Davis' guest feature An Obituary for the "Warfare" View of Science and Religion from Science and the Sacred to see why viewing science and religion as being at odds does not work. Stephen J. . 1999). a statement about what there is. I think the scientific data God gives us can sometimes serve as his way of warning us when we are standing too close to the picture.org. one should be wary of using religious scriptures as a scientific textbook. the claim that God exists is a metaphysical one. "Nonoverlapping Magesteria. To pursue the metaphor. there are still certain questions that should only be addressed by science or religion.faraday-institute. In the same way that science cannot answer a question about life’s purpose or the existence of God. www. Gould. 88. some people argue that God’s existence is actually a scientific claim and should be tested like any other. Although there is clearly an overlap between science and religion. 2. Rocks of Ages: Science and Religion in the Fullness of Life. no.

NJ: Princeton University Press. 2006). 6. 229.org. Roger.C. When Science Meets Religion.org. “Does Science Need Religion?” Faraday Papers. 11 (2007)." Faraday Papers. Polkinghorne.: Cambridge University Press. Francis S. Further Reading Lectures • The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion. and R. no. Oxford: Lion. 151-52. 2006). Science and Theology. When Science and Christianity Meet. trans. San Francisco: Harper San Francisco. Science & Religion: Some Historical Perspectives. 2004. 2001. The Open Mind. 2003). Science and Religion: Some Historical Perspectives (New York. Articles • • • • Books • • • • • • . The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief (New York: Free Press. Letter to the Grand Duchess Christina (1615). Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Rodney Stark. England: InterVarsity Press. London: SPCK.” Faraday Papers. and Other Essays (Leicester. 1991. "Interpreting Genesis in the 21st Century. H. www.” Faraday Papers. Trigg. 1990). “God and Evolution. "Does Science Need Religion?" Faraday Papers. Collins. 1991). Science. and the End of Slavery (Princeton. Alexander. Dulles. Lindberg. ed. J. Discoveries and Opinions of Galileo: Including The Starry Messenger (1610). Denis R. Galileo Galilei. Denis R. The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief (New York: Free Press..C. 2 (2007). J. www. D. 7. Numbers.C. 235. Quoted in: Ernest Lucas. the appendix to Francis Collins..faraday-institute. Roger Trigg. Polkinghorne. Stillman Drake (New York: Anchor Books. See.G. for example. The Assayer (1623). Cardinal Avery. Beyond Science: The Wider Human Context. Lectures on the History of Science and Religion. Alexander. See also John Hedley Brooke. Rebuilding the Matrix: Science and Faith in the 21st Century. “The Science and Religion Debate. I. and Excerpts from Letters on Sunspots (1613). no.faraday-institute. “Models for Relating Science and Religion. CUP.Y. 8. Witch-Hunts. 2000.” First Things. eds. 1988). J.3. 160-63. 1998. 4. Barbour. Polkinghorne. J. N. 5. Cambridge: CUP. Donald MacCrimmon MacKay. 1996. Brooke. For the Glory of God: How Monotheism Led to Reformations.

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