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Salvo 26 Science & Faith Supplement
While many blame the so-called war between science and faith on "fundamentalists" who oppose the theory of evolution, the war has been greatly escalated by those who claim that science is the only reliable path to knowledge and who even assert that science has disproved God and rendered faith superfluous. This attack on religion is not the fault of science but of those who misuse science for an unscientific agenda.
Indeed, must science and faith be opposed? Nobel laureate, physicist, chemist, and mathematician William H. Bragg (1862–1942) addressed the question this way: "Sometimes people ask if religion and science are not opposed to one another. They are: in the sense that the thumb and fingers of my hands are opposed to one another. It is an opposition by means of which anything can be grasped."
Science and faith are both found together inside man and nowhere else in the cosmos. They work together exquisitely in the human mind. Science is a human endeavor; the human agent is essential.
Nor can science exist apart from faith—faith in non-material things such as the laws of reason, logic, and mathematics, and in the comprehensibility of the universe. We also have faith that God's existence can be "clearly perceived" in the natural order (Romans 1:20), that is, in the book of nature. Revelation and nature are best read together.
The articles in this special Salvo Supplement bring the perspectives of faith and science together so we may better grasp the truth. •
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