Do Science and Religion Really Contradict?

By Roger S. When people say they don’t believe in religion because it contradicts science, I think it is because of erroneous interpretations of divine truths. Yes, there is a lot of misguided religion in the world, but don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater. God’s truths are much more compatible with science than are the dogmatic beliefs dictated by some religionists’ misinterpretation of scripture. A great example is the insistence by some that ‘God created the world in seven days, ...
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Why Science and Religion are Like Quantum Mechanics and General Relativity

Some people feel that it is impossible to believe in God and to be an honest scientist who understands the scientific method. As a man of faith seeking to have a career as a researcher, I have pondered if this is really true. I would like to explore how I can sympathize with such concerns while disagreeing with the conclusion. A common criticism against combining science and religion is that believing scientists compartmentalize their life and thinking: for religious and ethical matters they ...
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Free Will and Neuroscience

By David The next installment in our series on free will, what it means, and whether it exists Because I spend a lot of time trying to figure out how parts of the brain work, I have developed an increasingly strong interest in the ethical implications of brain research. A few years ago, I discovered that there was a whole academic field, with its own society,devoted to understanding what has come to be called “neuroethics”, or the study of the ethical and societal implications of neuroscie...
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Is There a Heaven?

By Logan Earlier this month I posted some thoughts about the Mormon perspective on the existence of Hell. My thoughts were inspired by a NY Times article that decried the increasing belief in heaven without hell. The author argued that the notion of good without evil and its consequences strips human beings of their agency and robs mankind of any moral victories he may hope to claim. I think the author’s claims were valid. If you believe in one, justice necessitates the other. But what if we ...
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The Scientific Method

By Tim L. During my time as a Mormon missionary, I often had the chance to share my conviction that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the true church of Jesus Christ on the Earth today. In response I was often asked, “How do you know?” How can we know anything of a spiritual nature? I think a lot of intelligent people are averse to religion because they perceive a lack of proof for the existence of God or the divinity of Jesus Christ. I understand this need for proof. Ever...
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