Debate between science and religion revisited once again

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Luke Roberts is an enthusiastic ISP professor at Michigan State University

Nayirah Muhammad

Luke Roberts is an enthusiastic ISP professor at Michigan State University

EAST LANSING, Mich.—Science courses at Michigan State University could conflict with some students’ religious beliefs.

Since Charles Darwin introduced the concept of evolution, the relationship between science and religion has been controversial. Luke Roberts, Michigan State ISP: Visions of the Universe professor said, “I think that there are many things that are the domain of religion that science really doesn’t have anything to say about. So, science is empirical. What can you observe? Can you explain what you observe? Can you discern patterns on what you observe?”

Jim Campbell is concerned whether science courses may interfere with practicing religion. He said, “It shouldn’t. It shouldn’t interfere. True religion—the tenets of it—can be proven in your daily life. Otherwise, religion isn’t very practical if you can’t use it in your lifetime and I certainly have done that. I’ve been healed before, many times. And again, it’s because my belief in God as being the creator of man and his love protects us each and every day.”

The opinion of Michigan State student Emily Claus was one that carried the most weight concerning the subject at hand. She said, “I’m not particularly religious, I mean my family’s really religious, my sister is a minister. But, I don’t think that science classes get in the way of religion. If anything, it’s studying a viewpoint that maybe you’re not familiar with like if you take another religious class, you know. That doesn’t mean they’re trying to convert you to their religion you kind of just open your eyes about things that maybe you weren’t aware of. So, I think religion and science can co-exist and taking classes doesn’t destroy that religion or interfere with it.”