Mount St. Helens

Updated May 8, 2021

Scripture is the first book that provides evidence about God. Nature is the second. Science is the methodological study of — and the body of human knowledge about — nature.

The more we know about nature — the more science progresses — the closer we get to the truth about God.

Do these two books of evidence about God — scripture and nature — conflict with each other? No. However, some interpretations of scripture conflict with nature, and some interpretations of nature conflict with scripture. We would do well to study both books with a mind open to truth, whatever it is.

Is there a conflict between science and religion? Between reason and faith? Only sometimes. They are not necessarily at odds. Faith that is not based on evidence is irrational. Faith that is based on evidence is rational.

Faith is belief without proof, but it is not necessarily — nor should it be — belief without evidence (facts, reason, and experience). Faith is not unique to the realm of religion. Everyone has faith in something.

Dogmatism is the closing of the door to additional evidence. It can afflict both religion and science (this is known as scientism). Dogma is an enemy to truth. In both religion and science, we must follow the evidence.

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