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The relationship between religion and science is the subject of continued debate in philosophy and theology. To what extent are religion and science compatible?

For further research check out the following resources:

The Intersection of Science and Religion

Neil DeGrasse Tyson talks about how to negotiate the rough waters of where science and religion meet. (National Geographic 2 min. 10 sec.)

Text books

Videos of interest

Clickview video (2014): 6min 32sec

What is religion? Religion means different things to different people. This program looks at the different ways that social scientists examine religions, with a focus on the substantive and functional approaches to religion.

Clickview video (2004): 23min, 45sec

This programme explores the people, ideas and inventions behind the major scientific breakthroughs in astronomy, physics, anatomy and mathematics, from the engineering that inspired Florence's stunning cathedral dome to the laws of planetary motion. Go behind the scenes with science greats, including Galileo, Kepler and Brunelleschi, and discover how being a Renaissance scientist wasn't an easy life - new scientific discoveries sometimes conflicted with existing religious beliefs, causing great controversy and debate.

Naked Science: Christianity: God and the Scientists

Youtube video (2015): 48 min

Naked Science: Where do humans come from?

Youtube video (2015): 43min

Ideation: The Creative Process of Histories Great Thinkers

Youtube video (2019): 11min

Clickview video (2010): 43 min

Discovery Science

Famous people who have changed and influenced our understanding of science

Galileo Galilei - born in Pisa, Italy in 1564 was a natural philosopher, astronomer, and mathematician who made fundamental contributions to the sciences of motion, astronomy, and strength of materials and to the development of the scientific method. His formulation of (circular) inertia, the law of falling bodies, and parabolic trajectories marked the beginning of a fundamental change in the study of motion.

Copernican theory: Galileo discussed the problem of interpreting biblical passages with regard to scientific discoveries. That task had been reserved for approved theologians in the wake of the Council of Trent (1545–63) and the beginning of the Catholic Counter-Reformation. But the tide in Rome was turning against the Copernican theory, and in 1615, when the cleric Paolo Antonio Foscarini (c. 1565–1616) published a book arguing that the Copernican theory did not conflict with scripture, Inquisition consultants examined the question and pronounced the Copernican theory heretical. (Britannica online)

Galileo versus The Church

English biologist Thomas Henry Huxley coined the term Darwinism in April 1860.

Darwinism is a theory of biological evolution developed by the English naturalist Charles Darwin (1809–1882) and others, stating that all species of organisms arise and develop through the natural selection of small, inherited variations that increase the individual's ability to compete, survive, and reproduce. Broad concepts of transmutation of species or of evolution gained general scientific acceptance after Darwin published On the Origin of Species in 1859. (Wikipedia)

Darwin 1868

 Charles Darwin's theory of evolution (Britannica school online)

"He Helped Discover Evolution, And Then Became Extinct"

Wallace developed some of his most important ideas about natural selection during an eight-year expedition to what was then the Dutch East Indies — modern-day Indonesia — to observe wildlife and collect specimens. Few places on earth can rival this vast archipelago's tremendous diversity of plant and animal life.

Wallace’s wide-ranging interests—from socialism to spiritualism, from island biogeography to life on Mars, from evolution to land nationalization—stemmed from his profound concern with the moral, social, and political values of human life (Britannica.com).

Brian Edward Cox CBE FRS (b. 1968) is an English physicist and former musician who serves as professor of particle physics in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Manchester. He is best known to the public as the presenter of science programmes, especially the Wonders of... series[4][5] and for popular science books, such as Why Does E=mc²? and The Quantum Universe. He has been the author or co-author of over 950 scientific publications.

Professor Brian Cox discusses the possibility of believing in God and science. (ABC Q and A June 2019. 5 Min. 11 sec.)

Scientific Revolution

In the mid-16th to late 17th centuries, scientists such as Nicolaus Copernicus, Galileo Galilei, and Isaac Newton inspired a revolution that overturned traditional views of the workings of nature and the Universe. 

Book page above located in 'History of the World MAP by MAP' (911 HIS) - p. 183. For a clearer read of text click on pdf below.

Faith and Science

Are Religion and science always at odds? 
When you ponder the vastness of the universe, the wonder of the natural world, or the mysteries of consciousness, what are you left with? Are you someone who sees nothing but a material world, the workings of which are just waiting to be discovered by the logical reasoning of science?Or are you someone who believes there must be a creator, or at least some sort of divine power that gives meaning and purpose to it all?
 (ABC Science May 2018)

Ricky Gervais proves a formidable opponent for Stephen Colbert in a spirited conversation about belief, religion and atheism. (The Late Show 2017)