Do you think that science (without faith) is sufficent to explain every phenomenon? faith and religion

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Science will never explain every phenomenon. There is always a deeper question to be asked. For this reason, science has an inexhaustible supply of things to study.

However, I'm not sure that faith can explain any phenomenon. It is not the function of faith to explain. It is faith's job to believe without definitive proof. This kind of belief creates a power and value of its own. It doesn't have to explain anything.

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I don't think that anyone can explain EVERY phenomenon. I do agree that there has to be an explanation for everything, but "scientific" is kind of a loose term. The truth is that we can explain many things that people could only attribute to magic or God a thousand years ago, or even a few hundred years ago. We may have enough technology to explain quite a lot today, but we don't yet have the technology to explain everything.
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I agree with Post #2 if we are talking about physical phenomena.  However, that is not all there is in the world.  For example, can we really define through science what separates humans from the lower animals?  Can we define love through science?  These are things that cannot be completely explained through science.

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Absolutely yes! Now, that does not mean that science can presently explain every phenomenon, simply that we are capable of doing so, given enough time and information, without throwing faith into the mix.  This is really a false dichotomy to me, religions vs. science, as it has been for many who are/were scientists and people of faith.  Einstein and Frances Collins (head of the Genome Project) come to mind, both powerful intellects, solving the mysteries of the universe, with their faith firmly intact.  Religion, for me, is not about explanation, but about having a connection to a higher power and a system of values and behavior.  Science is about theories and explanations of natural phenomena. 

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