Thursday, November 26, 2009

Faith and Science: A Fresh Perspective

I receceived an email today that was a forward of an article by Aryeh Arnie Gotfryd, who views science and religion as being not only compatible but part of the same great picture. He earned Canada's first PhD in the field of applied ecology. His career spans the field of science and religion. He achieves interesting results when he looks for (and seems to find) a common denominator between the two. Consider the following quote, which is part of a larger article in which he discusses the "climategate" scandal.

"Society somehow drew an artificial line between faith in the clergy and faith in

the scientist. The fact is, once you give away to anyone your freedom to decide

any issue, you have essentially committed an act of faith. If you pass it on to

an organized group with an identifiable doctrine, you have in effect practiced a


The difference is that while most religions center on faith in a Supreme Being,

scientism places that unequivocal trust in man. The upside of religion is that

man takes his infinite trust and attaches it to an Infinite Being - that kind of

makes sense. What doesn't make sense is to attach such unbounded faith in

limited human beings and the contrivances of their minds, however great those

minds may be.

Besides, the objects of our adulation, the duly ordained priests of scientism,

have gods of their own: Power and moneys, as we have seen so clearly in this

past week. If you want to worship power and money, you don't need a middle man;

you can do so directly. On the other hand if it's something absolute that you're

searching for, why not have faith in the Creator? "

Following is a link to the article in its entirety, which I was not yet able to find on the Aryeh Gotfryd site.

There is a growing body of thought in which science and religion are seen as partners. Such an approach can and should transform public discussion of matters that hinge on science and public policy. Such discussion might increase the light shed on the intersection of science and religion and turn down the heat.

1 comment:

David Gelber MD said...

The history of humanity has been a race to see whether the promises made in the Garden of Eden to man will come true. Satan told Adam and Eve that if they eat from the Tree of Knowledge they would become like God. God said that they would surely die if they ate the fruit. Science has been mankind's tool to "become like God". Science and religion do not need to be mutually exclusive, but it seems that humanity has chosen such a path. Science reports on the world around us; God created it. It is possible that science will eventually discover that God is at the center of everything scientists report through their observations.
This theme of God vs. science is at the center of a novel I wrote, Future Hope ITP Book One. If you're interested you can learn more at

David Gelber