I’m Stumped
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I’m Stumped

Science and Faith

The long-standing tension between religion and science is an unnecessary battle born of misunderstanding not truth. And like any war, there have been casualties on both sides.

Religious people have made themselves exponentially more vulnerable to misinformation and disinformation because they are taught to mistrust good sources of information and have become too comfortable with man-made fantasy posing as revelation. And scientists are too often left without the moral and ethical foundations that religion and faith can provide.

So one group is often untethered from reality in a way that makes them easy to manipulate and the other group is untethered from morality in a way that makes them prone to seek knowledge at the expense of, rather than the benefit of humanity.

But faith should never require you to stop learning or mistrust reason. And science should never require you to discount what “should” be done in favor of what “can.”

Both worlds have much to offer the other and I would suggest anyone telling you otherwise is serving an agenda that is more about them than it is about you.

This is not some theoretical observation. In our current reality, this has become a matter of life and death.

Use your brain. Use your heart. Use your connection to something bigger than yourself. Mistrust anything that suggests those things are mutually exclusive.

These are my musings on politics, religion, parenting, and the hard work of trying to be a decent human.

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Joshua Stump

I am a Dad, a husband, a son, a brother, a follower of Jesus, a lawyer, a songwriter, and just generally someone with a lot of strong opinions about stuff.