Science And the Catholic Faith - rcdow.org.uk

Science And the Catholic Faith - rcdow.org.uk

Science and the Catholic Faith L.O: What are the Roles of Science and Faith? Is there a conflict between faith and science? In your booklets tick which of the following you agree with. Now look at your neighbours. Discuss where you agree and disagree. A. B. C. D. E. F. G. Science disproves religion Religion cannot teach you anything Religion is against new scientific discoveries You cant believe both science and religion You need religion to make this a better world You need science to make this a better world

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But. Christian theologian Jonathan Edwards felt strongly about the small pox vaccination. He wanted all his pupils to be vaccinated. He himself a was given an early version of the vaccination and died as a result George Bernard Shaw was an influential (atheist) playwright in the early 20th century. He called vaccinations a peculiarly filthy piece of witchcraft. What do these sources suggest about basing our opinions on evidence presented to us? Beware the Golden Thread! The ris eligaiouvast There amount of material out there, sometimes s a u

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make certain conclusions about Christian attitudes to vaccinations Conflict In the modern debate Science and Religion are portrayed as opposing and conflicting views. But are they? Read the two view points below. What is the conflict? Creationism: the belief that the universe and living organisms originate from specific acts of divine creation, as in the biblical account, rather than by natural processes such as evolution. Scientism: Scientism is a belief in the universal applicability of the scientific method and approach, and the view that empirical science constitutes the most authoritative worldview or the most valuable part of human learningto the exclusion of other viewpoints. When science and religion are reduced to scientism and creationism, there is clearly a conflict. But this is over simplified and it does not need to be the case. Discuss

In which areas of life does science provide or seek to provide the answers? Are there any questions it cannot and does not answer? Winterson describes human beings as meaning seeking creatures. What do you think that means? Thought Experiment Because the element in the kettle heats up the water, this causes the molecules to move faster and form vapour bubbles. The pressure in the bubbles increases as the temperature increases. The bubbles expand and when the saturated vapour pressure = atmospheric pressure they rise to the top and it is boiling. Why is the kettle boiling? Because Mary wants a cup of tea Which answer is more right? Why ? Can they both be correct? Science is really good at taking things apart so that we can see how they work. Faith is about putting them back together

again, so that we can see what they mean. Alister McGrath: Intelligibility and Coherence: The Christian Vision of Reality, Sunday 1 March 2015 what does this suggest about the roles of science and faith? Mary Midgely Mary Midgely uses the example of aquarium windows to explain the importance of looking at the world in different ways We cannot see it as a whole from above, so we peer in at it through a number of small windows ... We can eventually make quite a lot of sense of this habitat if we patiently put together the data from different angles. But if we insist that our own window is the only one worth looking through, we shall not get very far. Do you agree with Midgely ? For Midgley, no single way of thinking is adequate to explain, on its own, the meaning of our universe. For most important questions in human life, a number of different conceptual tool-boxes always have to be used together. If we limit ourselves to the methods of science in general, or one science (such as physics) in particular, we needlessly lock ourselves into a bizarrely restrictive

view of meaning. Alister McGrath: Intelligibility and Coherence: The Christian Vision of Reality, Sunday 1 March 2015. Explain using: The difference between Scientism and Creationism The kettle or aquarium analogy. Mary Midgely s conceptual toolboxes. Why the Conflict between science and faith can be seen to be a myth Reflection One of the worlds most famous photographs was taken in 1990 from the Voyager space probe during its mission to study the outer solar system. 8 years after its launch, it reached the planet Saturn, and sent back images of this great planet. The astronomer Carl Sagan suggested the probes cameras should send back an image of earth, seen from a distance of about 6 billion kilometres. After much discussion, NASA agreed. Back came the famous image of a pale blue dot, set against the darkness of space a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark.

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