Saturday, August 27, 2016

Religion Is NOT Compatible With Science - - - PERIOD

A trick some religious will use to deflect a challenge to their statement that religion and science are compatible is to say that there are many religious scientists.  Yes, there are many religious SCIENTISTS, but we are not talking about religious people and people of science:  we are talking about the objective findings regarding the entities of religion and science themselves.

Before going further, yes, let's look at the religious apologist trick of stating that there are many religious scientists.  Research reveals that 51% of all members of the American Association for the Advancement of Science are believers (95% of the general public are believers), however, only about 5% those individual scientists in the "Hard" sciences of biology, physics and astronomy are believers.

Getting back to the real issue of religion and science being compatible, the following ways religion and science approach understanding reality and truth are incompatible:
  • Science is dependent upon empirical evidence and testable explanations to understand reality  (source).  By its very nature, its findings are uncertain and are based on probability, never certainty.  If new evidence is found through its methods that make it more probable that the new findings are a clearer picture of reality, they are provisionally/tentatively accepted, with the prior understanding superseded. 
Virtually every religious supernatural claim by all religions has either been falsified by science or there is insufficient evidence to allow science to accept the claim.  Religion and science have been in conflict methodologically, factually and politically throughout history (source).

This link and this one summarize nicely the areas of conflict between religion and science.  However, the recommended role for religion hardly will be accepted by the religious, and that role is not exclusive to religion.

The conclusion from the above:   religion and science are not, and cannot be, compatible, in spite of what the John Templeton Foundation says and does.
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