We have all heard the science vs religion issue. Why is this an issue? Up until comparatively recently science was apart of religion. The study of science was another way to understand God through the understanding of His Creation. That idea has been lost and I find that confusing and sad. Just because science chooses to study Creation should not mean that it should be less focused on the Creator.
One time I was in a scientific conversation with someone and they said something about Christians can’t understand this (what we were talking about). I said, ‘No, I understand it perfectly.’ I was then asked if I was a Christian, to wit of course I said, ‘yes’. Then was told, ‘Oh, you seemed so much smarter than that.’ As a matter of fact, God has blessed me with intelligence enough to know that science and religion are not at odds.
Science helps us to understand ‘how’ and ‘what’. What make an object fall? How does electricity work? What is a star made of? How big is the universe?
Religion helps us to understand ‘why’ and ‘who’. Why are we here? Who made us? Why is there suffering in the world? Who created all that is?
These are completely different sets of questions and there isn’t any conflict. Why are we looking for conflict that isn’t there? Do we say that if you understand music you can’t believe in God? Of course not! That would be silly. So why do we say that science and religion are at odds when they are not.
Sir Francis Bacon the founder of the scientific method once said, “It is true that a little philosophy (meaning science) inclineth man’s mind to atheism; but depth in philosophy (again meaning science) bringeth men’s minds to religion.”
The deeper you look the more you will find God.
Even Charles Darwin said, “I may say that the impossibility of conceiving that this grand and wondrous universe, with our conscious selves, arose through chance, seems to me the chief argument for the existence of God.”
As Einstein, when asked about physics, put it, “I want to know God thoughts, the rest are details.”
Peace be with you.