In the comments of a recent post, that I can’t even remember the topic of, the discussion arrived at an interesting question. Which I will reiterate as best I can although it will be more limited in scope that what I hope the resulting discussion to cover.
“Do science and a belief in God conflict?”
I leave out the word ‘religion’ because it is not relevant. It would be like asking whether science and environmentalism conflict. You will always find some things that conflict within the scope of a given topic. Whether it be within science itself or between accepted scientific ideas and groups and organizations and their goals and precepts.
The question I am asking is focused on whether or not a existent God conflicts with our current scientific understanding of the world we live in. To be more specific I am not asking whether religion and science conflict in any way only if God being proven would affect the larger part of what we thin we know already.
Evolution was the particular theme in the comments.
I argue that God doesn’t necessarily conflict with naturalistic evolution. I think God created us in his own image, but it’s import to understand what I think that means: “consciousness”.
I think that if we do exist as an image of God himself, that its our ability to be self-aware in the way that no other animal is, that defines us as existing as the ‘image’ of God.
Personally I don’t find anything within evolution that would by necessity conflict with the existence of God. I don’t think the fact that we evolved naturally matters in the slightest. I presume that man is wrong about God’s nature and his construct that is the universe. It acts like the most intricate and perfect machine ever devised.
As for the randomness of the evolutionary process, it really isn’t. Yes gene mutations occur randomly, but the result is the culling of the less adept mutations and the natural promotion of the better ones. That’s not randomality (if that’s a word), that’s a good ‘design’ feature. So that’s what I’d like to discuss, not whether specific groups of people hold conflicting and most of the time inconsequential views and beliefs, but whether the most fundamental belief, in God, must conflict with the larger picture of science.