Can you be a person of faith and a person of science?
Can the two things not mesh inside of the same person?
I would like to think that one can be both a person of faith and a person of science, but it doesn’t always appear that others think this way. For some reason, we have begun to think that faith and science are diametrically opposed: that a person who regularly practices a religion can not possibly understand science, and vice versa.
But is that really the case?
Of course there are science deniers- those who will revel every time science gets it wrong. And of course there are others who will go out of their way to espouse that there is no higher power because it doesn’t make sense or can’t be proved. But the average person: do they really have to pick a lane?
I was raised Catholic, but not the church going sort. Baptized, communion, confession, confirmation: check, check, check and check- but Sunday mornings found us watching Abbott and Costello movies on channel 11. Catholic, but it was just a word for me.
As I aged I began to distrust organized religion. FYI- this goes for all religions. I thought of religion as a way to separate us from one another. Another form of labels. Why did we need to find ourselves different from others? Can’t we look for the commonality?
But before I go off on a tangent…
Just because I don’t “practice” religion on a daily basis doesn’t mean I don’t have faith.
It does not mean I do not believe in God.
I also believe in science.
I am a big believer in proof. I love a good if/than statement. I am always searching for answers, conducting my own sort of research projects.
I am always analyzing data.
It’s what I do best, my superpower. I look at variables and I come to conclusions based on the evidence before me…
But that doesn’t preclude me from thinking that there is a higher power…
Before you can have proof, don’t you need to have some sort of faith?
Didn’t early explorers have faith that the earth was round?
But that’s my opinion. I have no evidence to be right or wrong, I only know how I feel.
But what do you think?
Do you think that science and faith can be found on the same shelf?
What do you think of the quote?
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