Why science?

 

It is the glory of God to conceal a matter.

It is the glory of kings to search out a matter.

Proverbs 25:2

I’ve never understood why there should be conflict between science and religion.   Science will never explain everything–there is and will be plenty for religion to address.  What was “there” before the Big Bang?   Why is Pi not 3.151?  What is beyond our universe? And so on.  But, science can explain a lot, beyond any reasonable doubt, and science provides a structure for revealing matters.  It is worth remembering that many famous and important scientists were religious people: Copernicus, Kepler, Galileo, Newton, Euler, Bayes, Maxwell, Kelvin, Thompson, Planck, Heisenberg, and many, many others.  Some Popes were scientists.   (I recognize that conflict arises, in part, from people who reduce religion from spirituality to dogma, often for their own personal gain.  Science also suffers from corruption of many types, but eventually it will punish greed and hubris and reward rational skepticism.)

Pilot Keith put the proverb on his helmet, and taught me that the Bible comprehends how science and God, and thus religion, relate to each other.  My formal religious training ended as a teenager, much to my mother’s consternation, because I could not simply take things on faith.  Nevertheless, I do pray that there is a just God.  Keith reminds me that there is wisdom for me to find in the Bible.

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