It should be noted that it is true that science is practiced without reference to religion.God may be an ultimate explanation, but God is not a scientific explanation.
” draw on a variety of sources: scientific understandings of the biological origins and development of , and global and personal insights from contemporary experience.
It is in recognition of these broad factors that public engagement materials, events, and contributions to the Human Origins web site are being developed by the Broader Social Impacts Committee (BSIC) to support the exhibition in the David H. Organized by the Museum’s Human Origins Initiative, the BSIC is a group of scholars and practitioners from a wide range of religious and philosophical perspectives, many of whom also have experience in the academic field of science and religion.
Individuals who prefer a approach hold that science and religion use different languages, ask different questions and have different objects of interest (e.g., nature for science and God for religion).
By highlighting the differences between science and religion, conflict is avoided.
Well-substantiated theories are the foundations of human understanding of nature. When scientists see that a proposed explanation has been well confirmed by repeated observations, it serves the scientific community as a reliable theory.
A theory in science is the highest form of scientific explanation, not just a “mere opinion.” Strong theories, ones that have been well confirmed by evidence from nature, are an essential goal of science.
Historically, this bracketing out of religious questions in the practice of scientific inquiry was promoted by religious thinkers in the 18th and 19th centuries as the most fruitful way to discover penultimate rather than ultimate explanations of the structures and processes of nature.
A third possibility for the relationship between science and religion, one of , at minimum holds that dialogue between science and religion can be valuable, more that science and religion can constructively benefit from engagement, and at maximum envisions a convergence of scientific and religious perspectives.
Other times these observations are indirect, like determining the presence of an exoplanet through the wobble of its host star. Religion, or more appropriately religions, are cultural phenomena comprised of social institutions, traditions of practice, literatures, sacred texts and stories, and sacred places that identify and convey an understanding of ultimate meaning. While it is common for religions to identify the ultimate with a deity (like the western monotheisms – Judaism, Christianity, Islam) or deities, not all do. Although science does not provide proofs, it does provide explanations.
An explanation of some aspect of nature that has been well supported by such observations is a theory. Science depends on deliberate, explicit and formal testing (in the natural world) of explanations for the way the world is, for the processes that led to its present state, and for its possible future.