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The Myth: “Religion and Science are Enemies!”. There has been a great deal of media attention paid to certain books in recent years This has left most people with the impression that science and religion are somehow opposed to each other

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The myth religion and science are enemies

The Myth:“Religion and Scienceare Enemies!”


The myth religion and science are enemies

  • There has been a great deal of media attention paid to certain books in recent years

  • This has left most people with the impression that science and religion are somehow opposed to each other

    • i.e. faith is unreasonable, and a reasonable person doesn’t rely on faith

    • i.e. a person can’t have religious faith and “really” be a scientist too, or be a scientist and a person of faith at the same time


These books include

These books include:


There have been many convincing responses to these books but they tend to be less well known

There have been many convincing responses to these books, but they tend to be less well-known:

  • For example: have you heard of …?


The myth religion and science are enemies

  • “About a hundred years ago, two anti-religious bigots named John William Draper and Andrew Dickson White wrote books promoting the idea of an irreconcilable conflict between science and God. The books were full of facts that have now been totally discredited by scholars. But the myths produced by Draper and Dickson continue to be recycled. They are believed by many who consider themselves educated, and they even find their way into the textbooks.”

    - Dinesh D’Souza, "Debunking the Galileo Myth."Dinesh D'Souza Blog(November 26, 2007).


Consider

Consider:

  • The Church was the leading sponsor of science in Galileo’s time, and he himself was funded by the church. The leading astronomers of the time were Jesuit priests.

  • Even today, the Vatican has its own observatory and astronomers.

  • It was the Church that founded the first hospitals and universities.

    How could any of this be true if religion is an “enemy” of science, and “poisons everything”?


In reality

In reality:

  • The conflict is not between science and religion, or reason and faith

  • The conflict is between people:

    • some want science to be able to “answer everything” (which it can’t)

    • some find their faith threatened by the idea that the Bible isn’t a science textbook (which it isn’t)

  • Actually, science and religion need each other: "Science without religion is lame; religion without science is blind.“

    - Albert Einstein


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