What I have seen in this world is that there is a lot of hate from both sides of religion and science but in my eyes they are pratically the same thing. Other religions hate science because it goes against all that they believe. Whereas buddhism embraces it because we don’t believe that “God” created the universe. It had to come from somewhere and when science answers these questions then an understanding of the universe becomes more clear. If you believe that “God” created Adam and Eve, then the scientific proof of evolution threatens your beliefs with facts and not fiction.
The issue isn’t whether some religions hate science, it is an issue of paradigms of understanding the universe. One only uses evidenced based observation and testing, and the other uses faith that there is more to the universe than is observable. In most aspect, science and faith do not conflict: but in some areas they do.
The problem with religion is that is takes the stories of that faith as gospel. The problem with science is that logic can be wrong, the universe has aspects that are unknowable, and accepted beliefs are changed.
Dear Dhamma Follower,
We KNEW that atoms were the smallest matter of the universe. We KNEW that Newtonian physics was all there was. We KNEW that the Ptolemy model of the heavens was correct. We KNEW that the universe was a sphere (until just a few years ago). Scientists have faith in what they can dissect and understand– but that doesn’t mean that they understand correctly.
So faith goes on ….well faith: faith in their spiritual training. And science goes on … faith: faith in their intelligence.
Even in Buddhism there are those who see stories of the devas and demons as fundamentalists and absolutely true: not parables. There are Buddhists who believe in alternate universes and heavens. Buddhists believe in rebirth through the mechanics of Dependent Origination. These are areas where scientists may disagree.
No one hates science. I am sure that Christians, Muslims and Buddhists all love cars and computers, etc. They disagree with the unknowable truths, where we all have to put our “faith” into what we believe to be true in those areas.