At the Intersection of Science and Faith
Up at Forbes, I have a piece this morning about the intersection of science and religion that I think readers here might find interesting.
Here’s a snippet:
Of course, this tension between religion and science exists not only among Christian sects, but also between sects of many different religions. As someone who’s fascinated by both science and religion, I think that’s a shame. Especially when you consider that many of the great scientists in history didn’t see a conflict between religion and science. The great Muslim scientist Ibn Rushd was also an Imam. Isaac Newton wrote more about the Bible than he wrote about physics. Both the Nyaya and Vaisheshika schools of Hindu philosophy had a great deal of reverence for inference and a proto-scientific method. And of course, there are many, many more examples. To scientists throughout history, the pursuit of knowledge wasn’t opposed to religion — it was a part of it! For them, understanding the universe was a means of understanding God.