Three arguments you’ll face on why faith and science are incompatible
Beyond Teachable Moments
Before you reach the age of twenty, I guarantee you will hear one or all of the following reasons why faith and science are incompatible:
- Most scientists are atheists (implying that science and faith don’t mix).
- Science is about facts and empirical evidence. Faith is about feelings, moral meaning, and value. (Implying that science and faith have no areas of intersection)
- Science doesn’t need God to explain anything (implying that God and faith have no place in science).
Let’s kick the tires of these arguments to see how well they stand up.
Most scientists are atheists
Actually, historically scientists were overwhelmingly religious.
Scientific inquiry did not begin as an atheistic endeavor. It was birthed by people of faith. Some of the founders of modern science were Christians – Cuvier, Linnaeus, Pascal, Faraday, Mendel, Copernicus. Their purpose in their practice of science was to discover more about God.
But these scientists lived at a time when society at large was also more religious. What about scientists today?
Today, scientists ARE more likely to be atheists.
However, not quite as overwhelmingly so as some people may suggest…
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