God, Science And Imagination, By Wendell Berry

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The issue of religion versus science has been a long ongoing debate that seem to have no

end in sight.This is the major theme that runs through the essay “God, Science and Imagination,”

written by Wendell Berry as it explores the different realms of the religious scholars and

scientific scholars in their support of the stand that they take in regards to the existence of God,

explaining the inherent faith of Christians in a supernatural being and mere imagination. Jane

Goodall, “In the Forest of Gombe,” whereby she delves into the relationship between science and

religion.

The association between the fundamentalist view and religious scholars view on the

existence of God and faith has been hampered by the fundamentalist’s
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Berry chooses the Steven’s essay, Without God as a case scenario for the view of

fundamentalists that are aligned to the scientific view that there is no evidence of the existence of

God. In the essay, Berry tries to take a neutral ground on the issue of God’s existence, deftly

resolving the differences between the two conflicting views. He identifies the pros and cons of

each approach and their argument, which sets the tone of the whole essay. This is same to the

views displayed by Goodall in her essay, she starts by saying, “…as a scientist, to think logically

and empirically, rather than intuitively or spiritually.” (Goodall, 145). This embodies the ideas

that presented later that discuss the relationship between fundamentalist views and religious

views to God and faith. In the fundamentalists view, modern science has an obligation of

providing empirical proof that backs up the hypothesized statement on any issue that is under

scrutiny, this lacks from many scientists studies. They state that there is no existence of a God or

the explanation of faith with no adequate back up to their claims. This is the same with

Christians who have a strict devotion to their faith when in fact they are not familiar with what

they keep their faith

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