week 3.docx - Option#1 What advantages do you see for Lemaitre\u2019s perspective that we should not mix science with religion What disadvantages could

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Option #1: What advantages do you see for Lemaitre’s perspective that we should not mix science with religion? What disadvantages could exist if we do not mix science with religion? Do you think it’s a good idea for various Christian ministers to stop making proclamations about cosmology or other sciences?Option #2: Pope Francis once stated that God is not a magician with a magic wand and that the Big Bang theory and the theory of evolution complement, rather than contradict the Scriptures. Perhaps this was in attempt to move the church away from its anti-scientific reputation that currently exists. What do you think about the Pope’s ideas and share one idea that you have to help bring the church away from its anti-scientific reputation?An interesting study by Rice University recently found that in one of the one of the more voracious social battlegrounds, science v. religion there is more common ground that most folks believe.(Cooney 2011) In fact, according to the study, only 15% of scientists at major US research universities see religion and science as always in conflict. The story of science and faith is much more complicated than we have been told. Some of the most outspoken atheists or skeptics have painted a simplistic picture, one that is not scientific. The truth is much more interesting. Stephen Hawking, who is often seen as supporting the atheist cause, doesn't end up where we would expect. The universe is also more dynamic and ordered than we realized. Modern philosophers of science and physicists have found that living matter possesses an inherent goal or purpose-centered organization. Nature is a movement of giving life. This purpose is somehow contained within living things. God's handiwork bears the signs of design and dignity, the world is full of wonder. Another reason for a belief in God is that thelife-oriented properties of nature must have existed originally for the world to exist at all. Faith in what must be (God) for the world to exist as it does is actually rational. Science has not found evidence precluding the belief in God, miracles, or the resurrection of Jesus. Such fields are outside the competency of science and its methodology. Faith is not incompatible with the evidence. Everyone has to believe
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