Does Science Disprove Religion? – A Moment with the Bishop – October 8, 2019

Does Science Disprove Religion? – A Moment with the Bishop – October 8, 2019


Many people today see conflict, or at
least a disparity, between religion and science. You know, that science is the
hard truth of things and if you can’t prove something, scientifically, then it’s
not true or it’s not real. In that context then, religion just kind of
becomes this myth, or this wishful thinking about life. So, many people would say science is true religion is not. And where is the Church with that? Number one, I would say, certainly in the last 200 years at least, but I would say really
throughout the Church’s history, the Church has always supported scientific effort.
We look at the Vatican Observatory. We look at the Pontifical Council for
Science. We look at all the ways that the Church promotes knowledge in all spheres of life, including the hard sciences. And science and religion both get at
ultimate questions. Science looks at what is, but it can never get to the why. So, we
can look at the wonder of the world, the complexity of a cell, or the beauty of
the cosmos, or the infinity of space, or the grand variety of plant species, and
and look at that scientifically. And we can say what it is. [Science (mistakenly said “religion”)] can never get at the why. So, both philosophy and theology really
start with the question of wonder. You know, why is there something rather than
nothing? And why does all this exist? And how do
we see that, the complexity of the universe, as really a reflection of
intelligent design, as we would say today. So, if there’s seemingly a conflict
between religion and science, it’s simply because there’s something yet that we do
know fully understand. When scientists talk
about the Big Bang Theory or all the other theories about the creation of the
cosmos, in the end all of them come up against the same enduring mystery and
it is “first” clause.” The idea that something had to have happened, in an intentional
way, to allow this full process of creation to unfold. And science can never
say what, or more to it, Who that is. So, does religion in the end come down to
faith, Yes! Can I prove that God exists? Not in the way that I can prove a
science experiment. But when we look at the complexity and order and
intelligence of the world and simply observe that, scientifically. How did all
this come to be, and how does it continue to function in its its order, in its
beauty, and its constant movement of the seasons, of the planets, of the stars? In
the end, you you have to stand before the mystery of creation and acknowledge an
absolute mystery, which is of course God. GK Chesterton said that he came to
conversion when he realized that all of life was magic, and if life was magic
there had to be a magician who pulled it all out of the hat. And so, it’s a
beautiful way to look at God as is the ultimate mystery, who makes Himself known, first of all through His creation.

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