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Old 09-21-2011, 09:50 AM
 
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Throughout history, science and religion have appeared as being in perpetual conflict, but a new study by Rice University suggests that only a minority of scientists at major research universities see religion and science as requiring distinct boundaries.
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Old 09-21-2011, 10:02 AM
 
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Oh yea gods, ANOTHER study that suggests.
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Old 09-23-2011, 07:01 AM
 
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There are two statements in the text that place a caveat on the summarization:

* Scientists actively engage in discussions about the boundaries between science and religion.


This shows that scientists are reasonable social beings, who recognize the value of showing respect to other people, and they try to cooperate within the framework of the dichotomy between science and religion, which doesn't necessarily imply that they authenticate for scientific overlap, but only that it's something they have to deal with.

* Nearly all of the scientists – religious and nonreligious alike – have a negative impression of the theory of intelligent design.

This shows that within the pure scientific discipline, scientists are virtually all able to set aside their spiritual prejudices, while still administering to the unanswered questions of scientific inquiry.

I also think these statistics are invalid:

* Only 15 percent of those surveyed view religion and science as always in conflict. Another 15 percent say the two are never in conflict, and 70 percent believe religion and science are only sometimes in conflict.


Since the questionnaire calls on each respondent to define the parameters (meaning and scope of 'conflict') and then place himself on the spectrum, it is natural that in any self-rating sample on any question, there would be a bell curve, and no surprise that about 15% would place themselves at the margins.

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Old 09-23-2011, 08:48 AM
 
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Science without religion is lame; religion without science is blind.
-- Albert Einstein

If (admittedly, a large "if") science and religion could be approached without preconceived ideas and biases, there should be few, if any, irreconcilable differences between science and religion. In a perfect world of free thought, not the one that Galileo, Copernicus and others formulated their honest convictions, science and religion would not be natural adversaries. Einstein cleaved to a neutral road between religion and science, saying "The Lord God is subtle, but malicious he is not." The following link references discussions by Einstein on this subject:

www.sacred-texts.com/aor/einstein/einsci.htm
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Old 09-23-2011, 09:09 AM
 
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Throughout history, many of the great scientists have embraced a belief in God. Today though, it seems that true science has been replaced with a form of naturalism. People are willing to believe the craziest things as long as they don't have to believe in a deity that they can't measure with natural means.
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Old 09-23-2011, 12:41 PM
 
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Some of those crazy things are a belief in a deity.
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