“Science without religion is lame; religion without science is blind.” —Albert Einstein
I love it because A) it’s funny, and B) it perfectly elucidates my view on why Christianity and evolution can and should be compatible. The Nat Geo story details how many scientists believe in God and how they understand that God could have driven evolution in His process of creating us.
Here’s another quote from the story:
“Scientists may be just as likely to believe in God as other people, according to surveys. Some of history’s greatest scientific minds, including Albert Einstein, were convinced there is intelligent life behind the universe. Today many scientists say there is no conflict between their faith and their work.”
FRANCISCO AYALA Image: Courtesy the University of California, Irvine
I came across this story on the Scientific American website about a geneticist who was also ordained as a priest. He wants to reconcile the theory of evolution with Christianity because, as a biology teacher, he sees too many Christian kids losing their faith over this issue. The story notes:
“Often students in Ayala’s introductory biology class tell him that they will answer test questions as he wishes, but in truth they reject evolution because of their Christian beliefs. Then, a couple of years later, when they have learned more science, they decide to abandon their religion. The two, students seem to think, are incompatible.”
I think it’s time we reconciled the two belief systems. It’s possible if we understand all the gaps in evolution and see them as God’s guiding hand. It’s possible if we can get past the religious fervor of ardent evolutionists who push their agenda in order to prove their atheism. Evolution neither proves nor disproves God. But our existence on this planet could not have happened without many “coincidences.” I see those coincidences as miracles that led to our creation through evolutionary tools. If Andy Griffith were around, he’d make science and religion shake hands and be friends.