The Integration Of Science And Faith Essay examples

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The integration of science and faith has been evolving since the development of science and rationalism. Many early scientist acknowledged the Christian faith as a framework for understanding science. Theology, however, was seen as superior to science and conflict between the two, as in the case of Galileo, would occasionally arise. The publication of Darwin’s On the Origin of Species heralded a new challenge to the traditional framework for integrating science and faith (Entwistle, 2010, p. 27). Science was now seen as separate from faith. Faith is being rejected and integration is no longer deemed necessary. Within the field of psychology, a similar disparity is occurring. Reactions within the Church and academic circles have varied, some rejecting or altering one to accept the other, while others attempt to integrate the two.
In my experience, many conservatives within the Church are suspicious of psychology. Entwistle’s (2010) encounter with a pastor who expressed that, “psychology is just sinful human beings sinfully thinking about sinful human beings” (p. 12), seems typical. Others from a more liberal perspective have embraced a scientific or psychological worldview, using science as a framework to understand theology. Having encountered both of these attitudes within the church, I have gained positive elements from each. Neither of these approaches, however, seems to me to be wholly adequate to resolve the potential disparity between theology and science.
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