A common claim and argument made by anti-theists is that religion is anti-science, that religion and science are mutually exclusive to one another, and that one must either accept religion or accept science. In essence one could say that science has turned into the religion for many atheist anti-theists, with the way they keep bringing it up, as if they exclusively own science while theists on the other hand are irrational folk who reject science and facts.
Quite the contrary, religion is not mutually exclusive to science, religion in fact can and does coexist with science, and the same applies to people of religion. This whole concept of religion VS science is a new phenomenon that’s been raised by modern day anti-theists, trying to pit the two together. The easiest way to refute this nonsense is by merely pointing out all the great scientific minds who were theists, whether Muslim, Christian, or Jewish.
Now if religion was against science, and if the two were opposed to one another, then we would never expect to find great theist scientists, theist scientists who played a major role in scientific discoveries. Just think of the irony, many anti-theists live off benefits thanks to the scientific discoveries made by theists, people of religion, yet these anti-theists want to now turn around and say you can’t be a theist and believe in science, and that you can’t have religion and science.
So the mere fact that we have a plethora of theist scientists who have greatly contributed to the filed of scientific discoveries, is enough to debunk this silly anti-theist argument. However a further explanation is needed on the whole religion-science issue, and how theists broadly view the issue.
Now what is science? Science merely observes and explains how things work, that’s basically it. For a theist, this poses no problems, in fact for many theists science is a great way to boost ones faith, as it shows the mechanisms that have been put in place by God, in order to make things run. One must really have a lot of faith to continue being an atheist when in fact studies science, and studies the way things work, such as the formation of the universe, and the formation of life. To look at all the intricacies and yet still remain an atheist, and believing this all happened by chance and by it’s own, rather than being guided by a creator, is indeed a major leap of faith (denial).
So again, science merely explains how things work, why the earth rotates, why it rains, how a baby is formed, and why we have oxygen and so on. This is in no way clashes with religion, because after all God put these mechanisms in place to make things work. Interestingly enough, in the Quran itself, it tells people to observe their surrounding, and to observe how things work, as this is proof of God. So the Quran in fact appeals to science as proof of God, yet anti-theists want to now turn around and say it’s either religion or science.
A proposition anti-theists try and raise to pit science and religion against one another are the religious claims that are unscientific. So for example claims of miracles and the supernatural cannot be proven from a scientific point of view, and therefore they are ‘unscientific’ and this shows how religion supposedly contradicts science and why you can’t be a believer in religion and accept science.
Miracles and the supernatural are not unscientific, at the end of the day science only deals with the realm of the natural world, it does not go beyond that. So the fact that the supernatural and miraculous exists beyond the realm of the natural world, does not make it false or unscientific, it just means it goes beyond the realm and limitations of science. And this is how theists understand it, the supernatural and miraculous does not clash or contradict with science, it is just beyond the grasp of science, not merely confined to the rules and structures of the natural world.
In fact if there is a God, who created everything, including the natural world and the natural order of things, then we would also expect this God to able to operate beyond the realms of these structures which he created, if he cannot then he is not all powerful, and if he could not then you would bet anti-theists would be the first to use this as an argument. So God created the natural order of things, therefore he is very much able to operate outside the natural order of things, such as allowing for miracles to happen, this is only natural.
Onto another point, while God created the natural order of things, he may have and in fact has created other dimensions, and by this we mean other spheres of life-existence that are not limited to our natural world understanding. So other dimensions may exist in their own way, where other beings such as angels etc live and operate, basically outside the three-dimension that we as humans are limited to. In fact this claim itself is also not unscientific as many scientists have been discussing the reality that everything is not merely three dimensional, the reality of which we humans live in, but that there in fact maybe other dimensions, a fourth, a fifth and so on.
In essence what it comes down to is that anti-theists live in a very limited box, and in a very limited capacity, anything that exists outside their three-dimensional sphere, or outside their mere materialistic-natural world, is false and unacceptable. Not only does this show a limited capacity, it’s also a display of arrogance of the highest order. Just because other realities go beyond the limitations of the natural world, does not make it false, it just means there is another layer of existence that goes beyond our methods of being able to quantify it.
So at the end of the day religion and science are not in conflict, science merely explains how things work, but there are certain aspects of things that go beyond science. Beyond the natural world, beyond our three-dimension, and this doesn’t make it in conflict with science, rather it’s just that science has it’s limitations and when it comes to these areas, science isn’t equipped nor is it even tasked-obligated to deal with these areas. Science has it’s areas that it deals with, the natural world, and that’s where science starts and ends.