Why the Religious Fear Science

There’s an interesting article over on the Huffington Post on why some religious people fear and fight science.

Religious people — and by this I mean people who are deeply committed to a religion and aspire to live in accordance with its scriptures — usually fear science; they suspect that science contradicts some of their cherished beliefs, beliefs they are asked to accept on faith. And because many believe that the best defense is offense, the religious often attack science and scientists, and widen the gulf that separates these branches of contemporary culture.

Ervin Laszlo says this is regrettable.

But this fear is unfounded. It’s based on a misconception of the true nature both of religion, and of science.

Religion doesn’t simply consist of the doctrines that make up its sacred scriptures. There is far more to religion than that. And it’s not the case that science would take religious doctrines at face value and pronounce their content either true or false. There is far more to science than that.

Why Some Religious People Fear (and Fight) Science — And Why It’s a Sad Mistake | The Huffington Post

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