Epistemology - Are science and religion in conflict?

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The relationship between science and religion is a difficult one and the two sides have tested each other and debated each other in many forums. Some believe there are major differences in science and religion and that the two can never coexist while others believe that science is in fact evidence that religious views are correct. To better understand and answer the question of whether the two sides really do conflict we will look at: my view on the subject, the definitions of both science and religion, basic arguments of both sides, scientific evolution, differing religions and religious views, the compatible versus incompatible argument, how religion has influenced science and views from the modern day scientist.

My views on scientific and religious conflict are that science is the best way to validate religion. I am a very religious person and am not swayed from my faith due to some new archaeological find on the Discovery channel. I know that there are many things that I believe but cannot prove. I do believe that modern day science is just like modern day religion. I believe that science is simply evidence of religion. I do not dispute that the scientific community has valid points on many things. I do believe that religion and science coexist and seek to validate each other. It is all a theory. I believe that no one knows why religion and science do not always see eye to eye when it comes to theory and the timeline of Earth’s life. I know that there is a higher power and that he has a plan. I do not always see that plan but believe my faith to be true. I do not believe in the theory of evolution and believe that evolution is completely incompatible with religion.

Merriam-Webster defines religion as: “a cause, principle, ...

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