This article says it’s the pressure to choose between science and religion that makes people resistant to accepting theories of evolution.
But does it have to be one or the other? Even Charles Darwin may have made room for God. Can you be a good scientist if you are religious?
Here are the findings from Pew Research Center poll on science and belief in God.
‘Nearly half of U.S. scientists say they have no religious affiliation — describing themselves as atheist, agnostic or nothing in particular — compared with 17% of all Americans.’
Have a read of this piece by Harry Eyres which finds that whilst religion may need science, we shouldn’t underestimate how much good science needs religion. Is science too arrogant?
Let’s take Islam for example. ‘Islam did ancient science brilliantly’ says Professor Perverz Hoodbhoy in Islamabad ‘but today Muslims lag behind. To catch up, they must demand the freedom to question.’
The relationship between science and religion is a vital one says the Center for Jewish Studies at Arizona State University. They find that religion gives fact depth.
Does proving religion wrong keep science motivated?
“Newton confessed from the outset he hoped to provide a scientific proof for God’s existence,” says Karen Armstrong in her new book The Case for God . “At a stroke, Newton overturned centuries of Christian tradition. ”
Can you believe in science AND religion?