Isn’t science at odds with religion?

Mark KellyTo hear some people tell the story, religion shouldn’t be allowed in the same room with science.

After all, science deals in proven facts about the real world. Religion, on the other hand, is personal belief about things that may not even be real. Everyone agrees about facts proven by science; it’s silly even to think such a thing about religion. Religion is a tool to keep the ignorant masses under control, an excuse for oppressing the weak and powerless. We all know what horrible things have been done in the name of religion.

The truth is, real science isn’t at odds with true religion at all. Both are based on facts, and both seek truth. It’s just that a lot of religion isn’t true religion, and a lot of what passes for science is actually religion!

For starters, let’s not talk about religion in general. There are all sorts of religions in the world, a few even are downright evil. We’re going to limit ourselves to true religion, honoring the Creator.

The only conflict between the Creator and science arises when so-called scientists make up their minds that God is not an acceptable explanation for the way things are or the way things happen. That is a very un-scientific attitude.

Good science looks for the most likely explanations for the way things are and the way things happen. Science investigates such things by repeating experiments and observing the results. Science recognizes that some things and events are outside of its ability to investigate because they are not repeatable. Good science never says anything is impossible. Good science does not rule out possible explanations ahead of time.

But what passes for science today, especially in classrooms, does rule out ahead of time one possible explanation for the way things are: the possibility that this world is the result of a creative act by an intelligent being outside the world. Science like that is not science at all. It is, in fact, a dogmatic devotion to a religious belief – the belief that God is not real.

Perhaps the best example of such dogma is the way many science teachers stubbornly insist that this amazingly complex world accidentally evolved from one primitive spark of life. They cling to that unbelievable belief even though there is abundant evidence that the world is too complex to have evolved like that. They cling to it even though their own estimates of the age of the universe don’t leave enough time for that evolution. They cling to it even though it doesn’t explain minor details like where plant life came from.

A scientist who ignores evidence that contradicts his pet theory is no scientist at all. A science teacher is not worthy of the name if he presents only the evidence that supports his religious dis-belief and mocks those who suggest creation is a possible explanation.

Good science and true religion are on the same team. The Creator is the one who made the world orderly enough for scientists to make discoveries by conducting experiments. Open-minded science inevitably discovers that the world could not possibly be an accident.

But the so-called scientists who rule our classrooms are anything but open-minded. Many of them are, in fact, openly hostile to anyone who asks whether the Creator might be the most reasonable explanation for the way things are and the way things happen. They will defend their God-less dogma to the last breath, not because God is not real, but because admitting his reality changes everything.

Science isn’t at odds with God. God’s into science. After all, he created it!

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About Mark Kelly

Jesus follower, Bible reader, husband/father/son/brother/uncle, rider, hiker, snapshooter
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