Question: Do you think that religion, Christianity in particular, can fit in with the science things we have discovered, or are they two completely different things?

  1. That’s a tricky question… I will make the observation that there are several committed Christians working in physics research that I know, and getting on perfectly well with their science.


  2. Certainly there is one main public area of debate which is about evolution but I think religion has an important part to play in all society & science.


  3. It is a very tricky question. I think some areas of religion can actually be explained by science. Other aspects of religion don’t seem to make sense based on our CURRENT scientific knowledge. Does that mean that the religion is wrong? Not necessarily. Science might be wrong or incomplete. You come to a similar answer if you think about complementary medicines – things like accupuncture and aromatheraphy. Conventional science doesn’t really explain why these things work, but there is plenty of evidence that they do work. People wouldn’t have kept on doing these things for thousands of years if they didn’t work! So I would say that science just isn’t quite there yet in terms of explaning these things.


  4. Yes I think science and religion can “fit” or co-exist.

    Science is concerned about investigating natural phenomena in all its various forms – defining why, what, when, where and how. This is undertaken both in terms of historical and current events – investigating facts and looking for evidence to either prove or disprove theories.

    My understanding is that religions, particularly Christianity, are concerned with intangible beliefs such as the existence of God, our relationship to God and our reason for living. Within Christianity there are central doctrines (writings), and for me the potential for differences of opinion start here.

    These religious doctrines can either be considered as literal (e.g. actual recordings of historical events) or figurative (e.g. instructive narratives, which may incorporate historical events, but are essentially guiding principles). If the doctrines are considered literal, many science disciplines or theories within those disciplines can comfortably co-exist. However, there are areas within science that are incompatible with a literal acceptance of religious writings, such as the theories of evolution, continental drift and the big bang, to name a few.

    If on the other hand, if the doctrines are considered figurative, there is little or no conflict. A Christian’s beliefs can co-exist comfortably with scientific investigation and the pursuit of facts.

    Science is not perfect, nor does it deal with the intangible (things we are not able to measured or test), while intangible beliefs are central to Christian religions. So religion and science as I see them are “completely different things”.


  5. They are two different yet overlapping things. Whether or not they can fit together is debatable in my opinion. There are definitely many scientists who are also Christians, so for them at least the two can fit.

    For me personally, though, the two don’t fit. Science discovers things based on observation, experiment and evidence. Religion requires faith that certain things were caused by a divine creator even if the evidence suggests otherwise. It’s definitely a difficult and vexed question though. In the end I think it all comes down to respect: I respect the right of others to have a different view on this topic to me.