Are science and religion in conflict with one another, or do they support each other? Does one's belief and allegiance to science discredit or disavow religion - or vice versa? Many great scientists such as Newton and Einstein spoke and wrote freely of their religious thoughts and feelings, seeing no fundamental conflict between them and their science. Today there is a tendency to emphasize conflict more than harmony. Sometimes people of faith are criticized as blind, naive, or shallow, while scientists are painted as arrogant, unfeeling, or deceived. Educated dialogue between these two camps has too often been reduced to shallow platitudes or, even worse, silence.
The chemist who developed the absolute rate of chemical reactions theory, Henry Eyring, wrote, "The scientific method which has served so brilliantly in unraveling the mysteries of the world must be supplemented by something else if we are to enjoy to the fullest the blessings that have come of the knowledge gained. It is the great mission and opportunity of religion to teach men 'the way, the truth, the life,' that they might utilize the discoveries of the laboratory to their blessing and not to their destruction." Eyring's teachings suggest that when the discoveries of the scientific method become working partners with faith, each enhances the other to the blessing of humankind.
Truth is not in conflict with itself. Religious truth is established through revelation, and scientific inquiry has uncovered many facts that have thus far stood the test of time. It is incumbent upon us to seek insights into all truth to mesh together, where possible, its parts at their proper interface. We discover bridges between scientific and religious knowledge best if we pursue them through study, faith, and ongoing dialogue. The Summerhays lectures and this book are dedicated to discover and share insights on how the truths of revealed religion entwine with knowledge from the sciences.
I found this very useful - full of quotes from scriptures, prophets/apostles, and scientific sources, as well as theories, conclusions, and testimonies from the various lecturers. It made me think about the harmony between Religion and Science, for Truth is Truth.