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"You can't be a scientist and be religious".

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Section B "You can't be a scientist and be religious". A scientist is someone who studies science. Science is based primly on fact. Religion is based on what people believe. I disagree with the statement. Take Isaac Newton for example, he was a scientist but very religious. He observed his own thumbprint in detail, realising how intricate and perfectly designed it was. He realised something like this could not have happened by accident. He said that there must have been a designer...a creator...that someone been 'God'. Also, the medical scientist, 'Paracelsus' was very religious. He believed God had given people secret messages as to how the world worked. ...read more.


Religion claims that the invisible force, which does this, is God. Scientists test theories by experimenting, i.e. 'the big bang theory'. Religion uses experiments to tests the effect on people's lives. For e.g., when people are buried, religious people used to say that the whole body went to either heaven or hell, but as people began to question this, and ultimately, dig up graves, they realised that the bodies weren't moving, simply rotting. Therefore, a new belief came to light, that the spirit went to either heaven or hell. As graveyards began to get full, the idea of cremation was considered, before, the idea had not been accepted and was merely frowned upon, but suddenly, it was 'ok' to cremate people's bodies. ...read more.


Religious people would disagree with the statement "you can't be a scientist and be religious". All 6-world religions already see scientists as following religion. This is probably because they understand that science is just another way of explaining the same facts. Religious people understand there is often question marks in s. These question marks sometimes have to be filled by religion. I think you can be both, because for one, there are so many links and connections between science and religion and religion often fills gaps science cannot. I see no reason why people cannot be both, if they understand and respect aspects of both. Reasons why people could not be both is the fact that religion can often be seen as contradicting science, so on a larger scale, you would be seen ultimately as contradicting yourself. ...read more.

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