Science and Faith Don’t Have to Cancel Each Other Out

We can have both

Bebe Nicholson
Oct 24, 2020 · 6 min read
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Hostility to faith

I still don’t understand why my tweet generated such a firestorm, but here are some of the responses:

And on and on it went.

Wow! Up until this one simple tweet, most of my Twitter posts have met with crickets. I’m not used to hearts or retweets, let alone responses.

Those who disparage faith disparage the reality of mystery and the experiences and beliefs of billions of people.

To be clear, not all atheists disparage faith. Some see advantages to religion, even if they don’t believe in it themselves. Others believe a world of diverse beliefs and opinions is infinitely more interesting than a monotonous world of sameness.

“In faith there is enough light for those who want to believe and enough shadows to blind those who don’t.” Blaise Pascal

A scientific breakthrough that brings us vaccines and antibiotics or explains some mystery of the universe is heady, exciting stuff. But so is a mystical or religious experience that transforms a life. I believe we can embrace them both.

When faith is on the wrong side of reason

Faith is on the wrong side of reason when people claim exclusive knowledge of truth and use that assertion to persecute or malign others. Faith is on the wrong side of reason when it gives rise to wars or serves as a flimsy camouflage for hate.

When science is on the wrong side of reason

Science is on the wrong side of reason when further revelation proves a scientific assumption wrong. And this happens a lot. All you need to do is Google when science gets it wrong to see that scientific theories are frequently debunked and replaced by newer theories.

“Faith is the substance of thing hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1).

We all have faith in something; that the sun will rise tomorrow; that life will get better (or worse); that we have a right to our opinions. Even the person who tweets, “People are weak and stupid, as the last four years have shown. I have faith only in entropy,” has faith in his belief.

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