I've noticed a lot of people here believe you can have only one or the other.
- I'm not religious; they're incompatible.Vote A
- I'm not religious; they're compatible.Vote B
- I'm religious; they're incompatible.Vote C
- I'm religious; they're compatible.Vote D
- Show me the results.Vote E
Most Helpful Girl
Depends on the religion. As a general concept, no. You can absolutely be religious and still believe fully in science. There are specific religions whose teachings are directly incompatible with scientific fact, but religion itself does not have to be. Science is very good at addressing how our world functions and predicting what will happen in it, but it certainly does not address many of the "bigger" questions in life. Our purpose, what is good or bad, things like that. That's not to say that religion is absolutely necessary for addressing those, as many people can find their answers to those issues through secular means. But for some people religion is how they solve those issues, and that's fine given they're not harming anyone through their religious practices.
So I definitely think science and religion can coexist, and that religion can have its place in life for people just as science has its own.1
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Most Helpful Guy
They are compatible, the idea that they are incompatible only comes from those who have no faith in God, and from those who are so close minded in their beliefs that they never consider what X God's word (the Bible) actually teaches compared to what their sect teaches.
Science is a never ending journey to discover all aspects of the universe. As such the supernatural aspects of religion may have real substance behind it. You can take two positions, either you think there is truth and search for it, or you're convinced it can't be true so you rationalize it away as primitive humans making things up.2