“The more you know, the more you know you don’t know.”Aristotle
I have a hard time with the so-called debate between science and religion; as if the two cannot co-exist. I certainly believe in God, that He created the world and everything in it. I also enjoy exploring science to examine how the world works. The fundamental argument between the two fields, as I see it, is that of knowledge vs. faith, belief vs fact. However, I don’t think there is that much difference in how one goes from faith and belief to knowledge and fact in either field.
Do we “know” how the world was created? I did not witness how the world was created with my own physical eyes, but the evidence is overwhelming that there is a world. Did God create the world, was it a big bang or something else entirely? How do we determine such a question? The first principle to obtaining any knowledge is a belief that truth can be discovered. Belief is a desire to know, without which there would be no reason to pursue an answer. This is true of religious, scientific or any other field of study.
Is it not then also true that the next principle to knowing is faith? Faith is the action that is necessary to discover truth. Faith is the moving force that drives you to obtain knowledge. How is this accomplished? I maintain that it is the same for all fields of study, including religion and science. You look to books, records, accounts, data etc. to draw a conclusion, and then you test it and measure it to see if it makes sense. Once you have discovered the answer, as a matter of fact, you have obtained knowledge.
So if the process is the same, why does there exist a divide between religion and science? Is it not that different people accept different evidences as fact? The scientist will argue the physical, while the theologian will side with the spiritual; or so we are led to believe. Isn’t there truth to be found in both? Ignoring the spiritual evidences to only focus on the physical, misses out on knowledge of spirituality. In the same way, ignoring the physical will miss out on knowledge of the physical world. In the honest pursuit for truth, wouldn’t it be more fulfilling to discover all truths? After all, a fact is only a fact until it is shown to be otherwise. As someone once said:
“The more I learn, the more I realize how much I don’t know.”Albert Einstein