• Question: do you have a religion and if so does your science go against it

    Asked by spursboy to Faye, Martin, Mus, Pete, Mark U, Adam, Amylou, Mark L, Samantha, Maria, Jemma, John, Katie, Lisa on 27 Apr 2012. This question was also asked by samuel1299, agmm, anna101, aleezay, daisym, kate1, 06cartero, anatole.
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      Pete Etchells answered on 27 Apr 2012:

      I’m not particularly religious – I’d like to think that there was something bigger than all of us out there, but I find it hard to believe when there’s so little evidence. That’s not to say that religion and science can’t mix though.

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      Amy Evans answered on 11 Jun 2012:

      Like Pete, I’m not religious but I don’t believe that there isn’t a god or figure either; I’m just not sure. So this doesn’t affect my work. But I can see that some people might experience conflicts between their interest in science and their religious beliefs. I think it is important for you to stand by your beliefs and it is absolutely possible to be religious and be a scientist too

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      John Perry answered on 21 Jun 2012:

      Wow, popular question this one.

      I’m not religious, I am an atheist. This is not because I am a scientist though, this is my own decision. I don’t believe in anything supernatural like a god, heaven, hell, miracles, ghosts etc. I particularly like your question though because it shows that you have identified a potentially logical problem with a scientific approach requiring more convincing evidence than a religion can provide.

      That said, there are scientists who are religious and seem to be able to combine these well so it clearly can be done.

      I don’t see a problem with it… as long as your beliefs are your own.

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      Mark Uphill answered on 2 Jul 2012:

      hi spursboy, for me (any) religion involves adopting a set of beliefs and the important thing about beliefs is that they can be subject to change. My scientific enquiry is entirely compatible with my view that religion involves a set of beliefs.