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It’s assumed that religious people are anti-science and scientists are anti-religion. But this isn’t necessarily true.

Key Points:

  • The famous astronomer Carl Sagan suggested that there were only two main factors for a planet to support life: the right kind of star with a planet the right distance from that star.
  • Today, there are over 200 factors necessary for a planet to support life, thus the number of potentially life-supporting planets has plummetted since Sagan’s time.
  • The universe itself would cease to exist if any of the four fundamental principles (gravity, electromagnetic force, the strong and weak nuclear forces) were tweaked even slightly.
  • It is more statistically likely that life should not exist than that it should.
  • Statistical likelihood in and of itself doesn’t prove the existence of God or any supernatural being. The science vs. religion debate is not as open-and-shut as some presume, and science and religion are not necessarily the enemies they are made out to be.

Quote This:

Belief in God is an act of faith. But so is believing our existence is simply the result of chance. -Eric Metaxas

See Also: Science, Worldview

Talk About It
  1. What is your initial reaction to this topic? What jumped out at you?
  2. Why do you think the existence of God/supernatural beings is such a hot-button issue these days? Give some examples if you have any.
  3. If you know a bit about worldviews, what would you say yours is? Why?
  4. Are science and religion necessarily opposed? Explain.
  5. What are some questions religion can’t answer that science can?
  6. What are some questions science can’t answer that religion can?
  7. What do you think is the strongest argument for God’s existence? Against?
  8. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.