Is there a true conflict between science and religion, or do science and religion explain different things? Think about this in the realm of evolution.  

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pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This is, of course, a matter of opinion.  There are those who would argue this in both directions.

On the one hand, there is a true conflict between evolution and religion in the minds of Christians who believe in the literal truth of the Bible.  Such Christians believe that the Bible is the literal word of God and, as such, must be completely true.  Evolution, in this view, is clearly false because the Bible explicitly tells us how God created the various sorts of life.  It says nothing about evolution.  Therefore, it is impossible to reconcile evolution and religion.

To other people, however, there is no conflict.  To such people, the Bible is not the literal word of God but rather God’s way of trying to impart truths to a people who were scientifically unsophisticated.  Such people believe that the Bible is more of a religious text and less of a scientific one.  To them, religion can explain why the universe came to be and it can explain how we are to act as human beings.  Science cannot tell us either of these things.  It can only tell us about how the universe works. 

My personal opinion is more in the latter camp.  I do not believe that the Bible should be taken as a scientific text.  I believe that religion and science are meant to explain different things.  Science cannot define morality and religion cannot define scientific truth. 

user1450001 | Student

Yes, very true - Science cannot define morality and religion cannot define scientific truth.

science can define morality only when Science is purely taken as a gift of God and religion can define scientific truth only when Religion is purely taken as a "way to God ".

arjun | Student

It is quite right and one can examine from the elegy of Tennyson'  in Memorium". Its main cause is that relgions thought or holy scripts are un changeable,whereas science is changeable.