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The Convergence of Science and Religion

Essay: Read the article "The Convergence of Science and Religion" by Charles H. Townes in the Magazine Think published by IBM. The article can be downloaded from: http://templetonprize.org/pdfs/THINK.pdf

In 400-500 words you are to summarize Townes argument: Be sure to include:

1. What people often believe about the differences between science and religion.
2. A description of how Townes claims to show that science and religion are not all that different.
3. Do you think that he succeeds in showing that Science and Religion do not necessarily contradict one another?

In order to do this, find one source on the internet that states that there are essential conflicts between religion and science.

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According to Baker (2010) "almost three quarters [of scientist] say there are basic truths in many religions. This compares with just over 80% of Americans who believe the same. About a quarter of elite scientists agree that there is very little truth in any religion. Only 4% of the general population feels the same". His research determined that most Americans believe in God, but only about one-third of scientist do.

The central difference between science and religion is that religion comes with unconditional statements, that neither can be proved nor disproved, and science progresses from comparative truths and statements, that can be attested and proven untrue; which mean: science has to develop, in order to replace untrue theories, and replace them with better ones. Science does not claim it has entire knowledge on anything; religion claims it has. As this statement goes; those who do not believe in religion claim those that do, do so out of ignorance. If it cannot be proven, it is certainly useless.

The debate over science and religion has always been and will continue to be argued. Is science and religion one or two? Townes (1966) felt that "science and religion are both ...

Solution Summary

The convergence of science and religion are provided. A description of how Townes claims to show that science and religions are not all that different.

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