Are science and religion hopelessly at odds with one another in their view of truth? Not if you read physicist Michael Guillen’s new book on truth, which shows that the two sources of truth, scientific and religious, are not opposed but in surprising agreement
Religion and science aren't as different as we believe, Guillen (Can a Smart Person Believe in God?) argues. The former science editor for ABC discusses 10 questions that would seem to divide science and faith, showing instead that they often aren't far apart. Similarities can be found when asking questions such as "Was Jesus a man or god?," "Was the Earth created in a Big Bang?," or "How does time work?," by considering the laws and fundamental truths that have stood the test of time yet still lead to incomplete answers, Guillen proposes. To approach the gap between what can be submitted to empirical testing and what we believe without concrete evidence, Guillen explains different topics from biblical and scientific perspectives. Each chapter concludes with a section titled "What Does It Mean to You and Me?" in which he sums up his points to find common ground between science and religion. Can faith and science ever reach total agreement? Probably not, he writes, because science has effectively taken God out of the equation. Nevertheless, Guillen articulates how bringing faith into scientific study can reinvigorate inquiries into life's deepest mysteries.