Integrating Reality: Science & Religion, Not "Versus"

The results of a recent study found:

More than half of adults in a survey of 10 countries thought school science lessons should teach evolutionary theories alongside creationism.


Among those who knew of Darwinism, on average 53% felt other possible perspectives should also be taught.

The proportion was less in Eastern countries.

The head of the Darwin Now program, Dr Fern Elsdon-Baker, quoted in the article, seems to conclude from the study that the study indicates a failure in the way the scientific process has been communicated, which has "confused them about how science works as a process."  That she views this as a "problem" for the Darwin anniversary seems to betray her materialist philosophy rather than her scientific perspective.

I think what the study might indicate is that the majority of people might still have a very traditional view of reality that reaches back through the history of science in Western society:  that religion and science are integrated and complementary areas of knowledge, and both valid and complementary views of the world that inform one another, rather than inherently in conflict or viewing different spheres of knowledge.  Both speak to reality, rather than the philosophical baggage science has taken on in Darwinism banishing God a priori from the real world and relegating religion to wishful thinking.

Perhaps this indicates that people know that religion isn't wishful thinking but convictions about reality.  Maybe this study illustrates that deep down people are the creatures God has made them and it surfaces once in a while.

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Melinda Penner

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