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What is the relationship between science and religion?

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susan139 | Elementary School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 16, 2008 at 4:18 AM via web

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What is the relationship between science and religion?

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gbeatty | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted November 24, 2008 at 11:36 AM (Answer #2)

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A good question. There is no single relationship between science and religion. It changes over time as the definition of science and the role of the church in society change.
Science means, in the broadest sense, a quest for knowledge. In that broad sense, it does not conflict with religion. Many great scientists have had religious faith—some of the greatest, in fact. In those cases, science becomes a way to understand the divine. However, in the sense of accepting only empirically proven facts, and rejected any non-naturalistic reasoning, conflicts with religion, which tends to embrace both direct revelation of truths and miracles that break natural law. Then they conflict.  You might visit this site for more: http://scienceandreligion.com/

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anzhela1 | Honors

Posted July 22, 2011 at 4:53 AM (Answer #3)

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None, they are too different to be similar in anything.
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cantheman | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted July 22, 2011 at 9:46 AM (Answer #4)

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I think there is a large relationship between the two. (For example) If you are a christian then you do not believe in evolution because it says that God created us from the dust. But if you are not a christian then you might think that evolution is real. I do not think that evolution is real because if it was why do we not see monkeys turning into humans if it takes hundreds of years then that is how long they would live for and or be a monkey for. Now there is alot to be said on this topic I dont wanna aruge I was just stateing my opinon. Very good question!

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enotechris | College Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

Posted February 4, 2012 at 10:00 AM (Answer #5)

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Modern science is based upon inductive reasoning, or examining evidence, drawing conclusions, and if possible, establishing laws.  Modern Religion is based on deductive reasoning, stating, by authorities' axioms, that something exists or does not, and draws out conclusions.  In their very thought processes, Science and Religion they exist in different realms.  We can all agree about the law of gravity; whether God exists, and what his/her/its purpose for us is, is another matter.

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Karen P.L. Hardison | College Teacher | eNotes Employee

Posted February 5, 2012 at 3:04 AM (Answer #6)

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Galileo, Darwin, Einstein and Pasteur, to name a few, all great scientists, each believed in religion--specifically for these, the Christian religion--and believed in science and made great scientific breakthroughs. For Galileo, his belief in religion was a compelling factor for his searches and discoveries in science. For example, his belief that God is not arbitrary led him to question the assumptions of his day and discover that air has substance and mass and can therefore be measured; he called this measurement air pressure. Science and religion have traditionally had a close relationship. It is only in more recent epochs of history that an effort has been made--rightly or wrongly--to separate science and religion and dismiss the longstanding relationship between them.

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