“Science has disproved religion”. I’ve heard this again and again. Faith is held to be the antithesis of reason, but is that itself a reasonable statement?

We must not forget that science deals with the “how” of the physical universe. It uncovers physical process and in doing so extends mankind’s reach and ability.

But of truth, morality and beauty it can say nothing. Those who feel it can weigh in on such matters are out of their depth and are speaking as amateur philosophers rather than scientists.

Science works on the assumption – a faith statement, really – that we can count on our reason, that what we observe tells us something real that we can then use to build a better structure, to navigate the globe, to split an atom or cure cancer.

But if the universe is truly random, how do we really know that for sure? We must hold that some truths are true beyond all opinion, real and absolute for science to be of any use.

Religion deals primarily with the why, with questions of value, love, moral truth. It works on the assumption that value is an absolute: that matters of right and wrong are likewise true and not merely opinion. Justice can only have meaning if people have an inherent value that can be offended against.

If (and let’s use our reason here) right and wrong are real and true in an absolute sense (i.e., not a matter of opinion), then a giver of value, the Creator of the moral order is inferred: in a word, God.

The two disciplines are complimentary; if we ignore either we will never understand life as it really is.

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