Below is a link to a nerd-riffic, truth-filled interview with philosopher and Notre Dame professor Alvin Plantinga about the purported conflict between science and religion. LISTEN HERE; nerd out.
Plantinga gives a great response to the interviewers question: “Is there not a big part of your own personal, religious doctrine that depends on faith, taking a leap of faith, philosophically, and believing in certain things that can’t be scientifically proven?”
“… It’s not as if whatever is true, or sensible to believe has to be provable by virtue of science. Science is absolutely wonderful, but it’s a limited endeavor. It doesn’t cover the whole of the knowledge enterprise you might say.”
Cyber-fist-bump to Prof. Plantinga for not buying into the interviewer’s premise that having faith puts him in an untenable position. Science’s job is to chase down mystery and hogtie it with a lasso of understanding…or whatever. Science is useful when it’s applied to help understand and describe our world, but it becomes oppressive when it seeks to define our world. There is a subtle, but critical difference there old chums…just like the difference between wisdom and knowledge, confidence and arrogance, chapstick and glue stick. Confuse them at your peril.
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