Can Science and Religion Coexist?

George Church, a professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School, answers that question for Big Think.

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  1. RD Hood says:

    Science is a religion based on faith (trust) in the scientific method and is slowly fusing with and assimilating almost all traditional religions. Not only does science meet the primary definitions of religion in many dictionaries it also fills the same functional role of religion. Science and traditional religions share the same genetic base that was created by natural selection. This religion of science can be found almost everywhere and is currently practiced tacitly by a large segment of the global population. There is no need for a formal organized structure or formal name. It is important to see that science is just an evolution of religious thought and all religious systems have their own unique strengths and weaknesses.

  2. Collin237 says:

    That’s an interesting way of looking at it. However, faith in a method (science, qigong, rotarism, or whatever) is still quite a different discipline that faith in an entity (what most people mean by “religion”). Doesn’t every culture have some of each, serving different and possibly conflicting roles?

  3. Collin237 says:

    What’s the guy on the video trying to say? Obviously, some students believe in God and some don’t. It’s the same evolution, and obviously it should be taught so that no student is intimidated (ESTD). But then, please CMIIW, he seems to be talking about some events in nature being natural and some designed. Meaning what, he attributes only part of evolution to God? Isn’t that what’s wrong with the Intelligent Design curriculum?

    Evolution is brutal and messy, with equal-opportunity killing and dying among species, and obviously this doesn’t square with what most people think “and He saw it was good” means. But that’s not a science teacher’s problem. If a student wants to discuss it in private with the school shrink, I think that would be okay, but it’s not a subject for a room full of students.

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