In Our Search for Truth, Do Science and Religion Collide?


Episode 9

How did we get here? Where did we come from? Where are we going? As humans we have turned to both religion and science for answers to these infinitely daunting questions. Although religion and science have butted heads over topics such as genetics, medicine, and evolution, studies show that arguments between the two are overblown. According to a 2014 Pew Research Center report, while 59 percent of Americans believe that science and religion conflict, most Americans think that science aligns with their own beliefs, and most people who identify themselves as highly religious are less likely to see conflict. When it comes to God or science, whose side are we willing to take, and when?

Joining Curiosity Unplugged today are Andy Howard, associate professor of biology and physics; Karl Seigfried, adjunct humanities instructor and pagan chaplain at Illinois Tech; and Jack Snapper, associate professor of philosophy.