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Scientific thinking and belief in God - Do these contradict each other?

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Asked by soumyen sarkar, 20 Mar '10 07:47 pm
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The concept of God may vary with person to person , but most of us believe in God. There are innumerable facts that can not be explained scientifically such as why water alone has the highest density not at its freezing point but at 4 degree Celsius? Even though we know because of such phenomenon only living organism in water in snow covered areas survive, we have no explanation for this phenomenon.Until such a time all such things are explained scientific thinking and belief in God will co exist.
Answered by Josna, 21 Mar '10 09:48 pm

 
  
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Logically speaking, we cannot attribute to God anything and everything happening around us in the Universe. For that matter, logic defies God and God defies logic. This is the absolute fact. And science is the starting point and culmination of logic.

But, as we all know, we all are in a relative field - interdependent on many factors. With the available vocabulary I have, I can equate the absolute and relative conditions to the words symmetry and chaos. Science says the entire Universal activities are near-symmetry keeping a great equilibrium of all matter and energy. That makes chaos a rare or rarest of rare (or you can add the superlative ...est n number of times) phenomenon.

So whatever is rare or rarest of rare (upto n times exponentials) can be categorised as chaos. And there is no scope for much argument that the thinking power of humans is a infinitely exponential rare phenomenon. Apart from humans, nothing from a quark to pistol star, are bothered about how things work as ...more
Answered by Krishnakumar Narayanan, 21 Mar '10 10:17 pm

 
  
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Basically and fundamentally there is not much of a difference between Science and Spirituality or beleif in god . Both are in search of the truth, the truth about oneself and the truth about the nature of this universe. The methodology that they employ is different but the issue is the same. Science employs observation and experimentation through the medium of the external world whereas beleif in god does it through the inner world of spirituality and humanity ..... there is no contradiction
Answered by PARTHA PATHAK, 21 Mar '10 08:59 pm

 
  
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Some people feel that acceptance of God is entirely a matter of faith. But the Scriptures actually claim that it is the truth, which is the basis for this faith. On the other hand, 'beliefs' and 'truth' are sometimes not entirely related. Yet, some people are so committed to their beliefs that despite the evidence of truth they refuse to change their beliefs. The scientific thinking has become synonymous with methodological naturalism. This is the idea that the only way knowledge can be apprehended is, if it can be observed. But this is a fairly recent hijacking of what the scientific method means. If we could allow the scientific method to lead to certain to certain deductions, whether they be physical or metaphysical, we may be removing the restrictions, which might hold us back from the truth...especially, if we employ the scientific method in examining any theories involving metaphysical claims...!
Answered by Dil Se, 21 Mar '10 12:24 am

 
  
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The typical scientific thinking is less rational than belief in god..having blind faith on the limited expertise and perception of few people is far irrational..faith in god is much more logical..as atleast those believers accept the possibility of wider horizons..sticking to something causes stagnation and will always contradict those around..science should be our tool and not thinking..
Answered by bobo, 20 Mar '10 11:32 pm

 
  
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If we can think deeply we can see a nice blend of these two in Ramayana..
Answered by magi, 20 Mar '10 09:30 pm

 
  
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No there is is no contradiction .There is a aspect where spirituality and science converge.In that frame God is nothing but a form of pure energy .And the law of conservation of energy is very well applicable there.
Answered by KARTIKAY SHARMA, 20 Mar '10 07:57 pm

 
  
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I never feel that there exists any contradiction..............Today's Science were developped by Saints,Bishops /Philosophers.........Probably their confirmed believe in GOD helped them to explore a a part of HIS Creation. I am not telling these with emotion /or due to any kind of bias but this is some kind of my realisation. By this I do not mean believe in so called rituals or any other performance for GOD, I mean only belief in GOD, and that will never obstruct you to be in scientific explanatory attitude.
Answered by Santiranjan Pal, 21 Mar '10 05:06 pm

 
  
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God is above all and the science also confirms the existence of an unknown. some thoughts on this
Polkinghorne is a superb writer on theology, a winner of the Templeton Prize, and both Collins (The Language of God) and Lennox (Gods Undertaker: Has Science Buried God?) have recently published technical defences of their faith. Two other highly influential Christian advocates are molecular biologist Michael Behe (Darwins Black Box and The Edge of Evolution) and mathematician/philosopher William Dembski (The Design Inference and No Free Lunch). They are pioneers of so-called Intelligent Design (ID) theory (which is not, it must be emphasised, young-Earth Creationism in another guise.)

Lennox specialises in information theory. In Gods Undertaker, he observes that, for centuries, science has been predicated on a key assumption: that there is an objective order underlying Nature, which is ascertainable and explicable. This is a profoundly theistic notion, traceable to St Augustine.

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Answered by saranathan Narasimhan, 21 Mar '10 03:28 pm

 
  
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Like half knowledge, the half scientific thinking efficiency is confrontational.
For true thinker, there is no contradiction.
Answered by Prakash Chandra, 20 Mar '10 10:06 pm

 
  
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