Can God and science co-exist?
Tuesday, January 8, 2008 | 02:40 PM ET
Walt Ruloff, the producer of the movie Expelled, says there is a "war" going on "between science and religion." His controversial film delves into academic disputes around intelligent design and the origins of life.
The film's narrator, Ben Stein, decries “people out there who want to keep science in a little box where it can’t possibly touch God.”
Yet consider the case of Brother Guy Consolmagno, a Jesuit who is also a leading astronomer. In an interview with CBC Radio's Curt Petrovich, he explains how he is able to integrate, at a very deep level, his religious beliefs with his scientific teachings.
So can religion and science complement each other? Or is there a fundamental tension — a "war" — that makes the two incompatible?
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"By reading the descriptions of different religions, it appears the intent of 'religion' is to better ourselves, give answers and, most importantly, find peace within. If that really is the case, then can believing in a god do us any harm?" — Chris, Saskatchewan
"One thing I hope for is that people keep asking God their hardest questions." — Geoff Rousseau
As a Muslim, I feel inundated by sound bites from both sides of the fence. Islam is "the fastest growing religion" and a "religion of peace." Alternatively, I hear the terms "Islamofascist," "East vs. West" — the list goes on and on.
My first name, Gurjung, connects two ideas — gur is the beginning of the word guru, and jung means conflict or struggle. So, put together, Gurjung is the conflict/struggle of life with the Gurus' teachings to guide.
In that moment, I got to see a glimpse of the godness of God — absolutely huge, mysteriously holding all of reality, powerfully sovereign over all things, providentially moving and loving it all.
Combining the implicit democratic traditions of Hinduism with the Canadian society in which I was living encouraged me to work to strengthen democracy in Canada.
At the UN, when Canada votes in favour of Israel, I applaud. When Canada abstains or votes against Israel, I cringe. I think of myself as a parent with two children. You love them equally. Canada and Israel.
Because the Dharma is so pervasive and eternal, it covers all situations. There is nothing on the news, in society, or in science that could ever bring doubt to my beliefs.
We were raised in the depths of the reserve by an Ojibwa father and a white mother. Sometimes that Sunday ritual of self-understanding and spiritual exposure meant going to a place called "the Lodge" almost right after church.