Argumentative Essay: Science Vs. Religion

819 Words4 Pages
Meghan DeVerse
Due 12-18-17
Science vs Religion
Science and religion have been going against each other for years. Scientists believe religion can help science and others disagree. Many atheist scientists believe religion hinders scientific research, but some professors believe that it is vital to scientific research. scientists think that religion can answer the questions science can't explain without it hindering or changing science itself. I agree that what science can’t answer religion can, but religion is still a belief and science is a fact.
The systematic study of science and religion started in the 1960s, with authors such as Ian Barbour and Thomas F. Torrance who challenged the prevailing view that science and
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