It’s despicable, to say the least, to come across so many hardworking and kind scientists, science students, and science enthusiasts that are attacked for their personal religious and/or spiritual beliefs by others who ignorantly assume science and anti-religion and/or atheism are synonymous. Anyone who thinks this way and attacks others for not agreeing are showcasing their ignorance on an outstanding level, not to mention playing up a misleading and offensive stereotype of the science-minded community.
I know, interact with, and have come across plenty of scientists who are very religious and/or spiritual people. THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH THIS! For some people, science has helped them come to the conclusion there is no God, or probably isn’t a God/true designer of the universe. For others, science has helped them come to the conclusion that there is no other way for the universe to exist, than for there to be a God or an intelligent designer, and ultimately brought them closer to their religion/spiritual beliefs. Sometimes science has no influence on one’s belief[s] at all, it all depends on the person. There are so many variables, science can’t be shoved into one-size-fits-all definition, nor can religion, you know? I, as one personally who doesn’t accept there is a God or have any religious or spiritual beliefs, personally HATE when people use science and atheism/anti-theism interchangeably.
Either way, it’s your choice, and if people judge you for it then that’s their issue, not yours. As long as in the end, you keep questioning, and never just ‘accept things as they are’, you’re good to go. The argument, I feel, shouldn’t be religion vs. science [because that’s obviously stupid], it should be ignorance vs. knowledge.
Just keep educating yourself, exploring, and never stop expanding. Science is never stagnant, which is the best part about it, because the only constant in life is change, and we’re trying to understand those changes. Your viewpoints of the world due to science will likely evolve as well, but with that change your knowledge will grow. It would be awesome to just stop bickering amongst each other about such small things, but I doubt that will happen. Until then, rest assured, those who tell you you can not be involved in ‘true science’ whilst being ‘truly religious’ are ignorant, and should be ignored.
Like Carl Sagan said, “Science is not only compatible with spirituality; it is a profound source of spirituality. When we recognize our place in an immensity of light‐years and in the passage of ages, when we grasp the intricacy, beauty, and subtlety of life, then that soaring feeling, that sense of elation and humility combined, is surely spiritual. So are our emotions in the presence of great art or music or literature, or acts of exemplary selfless courage such as those of Mohandas Gandhi or Martin Luther King, Jr. The notion that science and spirituality are somehow mutually exclusive does a disservice to both.”
Originally from a few different scienceandreligion asks I’ve answered.