Science and ReligionWhy most of the scientifics (specially in physics) are atheists? I've already written an essay of the aspects in which both science and religion contradict each other, but I...

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Why most of the scientifics (specially in physics) are atheists?

I've already written an essay of the aspects in which both science and religion contradict each other, but I wanted to know other people's opinion. It's sort of poll of a statistical's task.

I'll be grateful if you help me!

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wannam | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

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The simplest way I can explain it is that science is based on fact while religion is based on faith. Religion asks us to take it on faith that certain things occured. Science is never satisfied with less than an absolute, proven answer. Since God cannot be proven nor disproven, science generally rejects God. We can prove that the grass is green. We can even prove why the grass is green. We cannot prove nor disprove that God created the grass. Scientist seek for absolutes, but religion asks us to believe in what we cannot physically prove, to have faith.
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vangoghfan | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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Here's a link that may be helpful to you:

http://blogs.physicstoday.org/thedayside/2011/04/thoughts-on-this-years-templeton-prize.html

It leads to other interesting information and sources.  Here's a discussion of one of the sources mentioned in the link above:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/05/28/AR2010052801856.html

I have no idea how trustworthy any of these sources are, but they certainly seem worth examining.

 

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

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My favorite minister in my youth was a fairly liberal Presbyterian who believed in both God and evolution. He did not take the word of the Bible literally, but he was true to his faith and his congregation. For example, when God created the world in seven days, he explained, these were not 24 hour days but stages of life that took place over millions of years. This combination of religious faith and belief in science is probably more common than you think--even in the scientific community.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I think that the previous post is probably right about why scientists aren't literalists (why they don't believe in the Bible or other holy books as statements of scientific fact).  However, I don't really think this is the same as atheism. You can easily believe that there is a God but that the Bible is not the literal word of God.

I think that scientists have the sort of mindset (in order to become good scientists) that demands proof and has a hard time believing in things in the absence of faith.   Their training and inclinations push them away from believing in God because they cannot prove his existence (even though they can't disprove it either).

So, I think the thing is that the mindset and ways of thinking that you need to be a good scientist are not very compatible with taking things on faith.

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frizzyperm | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

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Science eats fact. What can be seen and force to obey laboratory equipments. Religion closes eyes to facts and see what now is not as if it is...faith. I will say that science and religion will end in faith. For what science will be soon is an activation of faith for science which is the basis of religion. Thank you.

Smile. 

faith is simply the acceptance of claims for which there is no evidence. There is nothing special or even admirable about faith.

The fact that you do not believe in faith neither consider it as something admirable or special, doesn't mean anyone believes or has faith.  You can not expect others to disparage the faith based in your lack of belief.  Please, be mindful and respectful about what may be other people's beliefs.

Post No.8 said that,

"Religion closes [its] eyes to facts and sees what now is not as if it is...faith."

It's a clear statement that it's OK to ignore facts in favour of blind belief. Excuse me, but I see no reason to respect such a deliberately unintellectual rejection of reality.

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theunusual | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

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Science eats fact. What can be seen and force to obey laboratory equipments. Religion closes eyes to facts and see what now is not as if it is...faith. I will say that science and religion will end in faith. For what science will be soon is an activation of faith for science which is the basis of religion. Thank you.

Smile. 

faith is simply the acceptance of claims for which there is no evidence. There is nothing special or even admirable about faith.

The fact that you do not believe in faith neither consider it as something admirable or special, doesn't mean anyone believes or has faith.  You can not expect others to disparage the faith based in your lack of belief.  Please, be mindful and respectful about what may be other people's beliefs.

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frizzyperm | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

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Science eats fact. What can be seen and force to obey laboratory equipments. Religion closes eyes to facts and see what now is not as if it is...faith. I will say that science and religion will end in faith. For what science will be soon is an activation of faith for science which is the basis of religion. Thank you.

Smile. 

faith is simply the acceptance of claims for which there is no evidence. There is nothing special or even admirable about faith.

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omeiza | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) eNoter

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Science eats fact. What can be seen and force to obey laboratory equipments. Religion closes eyes to facts and see what now is not as if it is...faith. I will say that science and religion will end in faith. For what science will be soon is an activation of faith for science which is the basis of religion. Thank you.

Smile. 

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frizzyperm | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

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P.S. as far as I'm aware... it is the biologists who are the most atheist. When confronted by the slap-dash, ad-hoc, brutal, crazy nature of biology, they are forced to conclude an absence of a designer.

Physicists, on the other hand, generally find clinical, harmonious beauty and systematic order and can contemplate that it was divinely ordered.

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frizzyperm | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

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The front line between religion and science is a bruising place. Science, without intending to do so, keeps bulldozing over the claims of religion. As we enter the truly modern era, science is peaking. We are starting to be able to manipulate the building blocks of the universe and 'play God'. Everyday, science announces another radical discovery regarding the true nature of the universe, and it is always far more amazing than we ever expected.

Meanwhile, Religion attempts to remain unchanged and insist its ancient texts are the absolute truth. Even though they were written thousands of years ago by very primitive people, religions insists these texts are central to society and must not be challenged.

Conflict is inevitable. 'Faith' vs 'Facts'. Sorry, but the old books are wrong. Science has stripped away the mystique of The Bible and Koran and exposed their faults. They are packed full of bad scientific claims. In other words... mistakes. These books are not divine and the scientists can prove it. Here's a beautiful programme about 'The Second Genesis' the new ability to create new life in the lab (the computer revolution will be dwarfed by this bio-tech revolution)

http://www.youtube.com/user/WhyEvolutionIsTrue#p/c/BDA2220F54A0A898

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