Science And Faith Paper Copy

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A STUDY OF SCIENCE AND FAITH ____________________ A Paper Submitted to Dr. Davis Luther Rice University ____________________ In partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Course SC 103 General Physical Science ____________________ By Edward Tate Carter AA2694 11-14-2010 INTRODUCTION When we say science and faith are at war, how do we define science and faith? Is it true that science has widely disproved the claims of the Bible? What is the true goal of theology? Is faith contradictory of the scientific method? Why is there so much animosity between science educators and Christians in the first place? The answer to these questions is both simple and complex. We should not be surprised to find it this way as most simple issues become complex when we consider the variety of personal philosophies involved in the pursuit of truth. A good place to begin is with definitions and then move directly to comparing and contrasting the results. A final consideration will involve new efforts to harmonize both science and faith. Physical science is the study of the nature and properties of non-living matter and energy. Physics, chemistry, astronomy and geology are all considered physical sciences, so that only life and living subjects are excluded and left to the biology. In theory, all pure science would be limited to empirical evidence perceived directly by our five senses (sight, hearing, touch, smell, and taste), or through instruments of observation (e.g., microscopes or telescopes). This ideal of pure science includes objects we do not perceive directly but by detection. Physics laboratories can detect imperceptible objects not directly subject to the senses but detectable by the effect they produce under certain conditions. A final condition of pure science would be an absence of presupposition or bias

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