Faith vs. science. The two have been at odds for many years. But, for a long time, faith and science were able to co-exist in relative peace. After all, if we’re truly faithful to one, the other is surely not a threat.
Personally, I’m more a person of faith than science. I see the incredible benefits of science, but I also see the drawbacks — the risks that have come about, and perhaps are yet come, from unbridled science. I say this because we are organic life — humans, wildlife and nature have physical and ‘spiritual’ needs that science sometimes ignores. Of course the same can be said for religion (not to be confused with faith) — we all have different beliefs, so we need to be vigilant not to impose our views on others. This is precisely why the battle between faith and science continues to befuddle us.
Can we have both?
Yes, because we did have both. As our nation grew and developed, we had freedom of and, freedom from religion. Science and innovation propelled us forward at meteoric speed and we went from a foreign-controlled colony, to a global superpower. Today however, we seem to take one step forward, but two steps back.
I do believe we can have both — faith and science and can co-exist, if we have a fair balance. To do this, a cooperative, open mind is needed, as both sides need to be willing to listen and learn if harmony is to be maintained.
Watch this video from Neil deGrasse Tyson as he speaks about science in America:
Neil makes some outstanding points. Are we a nation of science, or are we a nation ruled by religion? For me, religion isn’t the same as faith — one can be devout in their respective religious faith, without being fully ingrained in that religion’s organized dogma. So with an open mind and a willingness to be flexible, I believe that faith and science can once again co-exist peacefully.