Are faith and science enemies or friends who complement each other?

It often seems that we have two opposing teams that we are called to make up our minds as to whom we will barrack. One team we name Science. The other team we name Faith. And it would seem they face each other with a great divide between them.

It often seems that one team wants to discredit the other team; often each appearing to denigrate the other as having no real place within society. Particularly when it appears that Science want’s to disprove that basis of Faith; “GOD ” Or the other way around when it seems the faith community will hold onto an apparent faith position no matter what science purports to have discovered.

Yet; I ask why is there this sense of one being pitched against the other. Clearly science cannot prove that God doesn’t exist. Nor faith disprove what science proves.

The way forward I believe is to clearly acknowledge the necessity of science and faith in the society we live. And particularly the Christian faith is what forms the basis for an ethical framework in which science can operate.

 

About Craig Benno

I'm an average aussie guy who has lived perhaps a not so average life.
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2 Responses to Are faith and science enemies or friends who complement each other?

  1. tildeb says:

    I ask why is there this sense of one being pitched against the other?

    Simple: religion has been a bullying aggressor and the public is starting to wake up to this fact. Religion has been trying to dictate terms to everything and everybody about anything for a very long time. Now it’s time for religion to leave the public domain to the responsible grown-ups who who live there and stop interfering in areas where it has no business or merit being.

  2. tildeb says:

    If you wish to know why science and religion are incompatible ‘ways of knowing’ then that’s a little more complicated because it has to do with how we come to anything.

    Science wins this comparison because it is method of inquiry that yields consistent and practical results along with workable solutions and reliable technological products. Religion fails this comparison. It yields answers that are not consistent, practical, reliable, or productive. As Hawkings has written: science will win this comparison because it works. By that, he means the method of inquiry used by science – methodological naturalism – is in direct conflict with the metaphysical method of inquiry used by faith-based beliefs. The two are not compatible and the results of each clearly favour the methodology of science over the methodology of metaphysics.

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