War Between Science and Religion Is Far From Inevitable

David N. Livingstone and John Hedley Brooke: The sciences may sometimes provide answers to questions once asked within the faith traditions — but they also leave space for religious inquiry and commitment. How do we prioritize competing scientific research projects? With limited resources we must ask what is more important for humankind. But these are not scientific questions — as the historian Noah Yuval Harari identifies in his best-seller Sapiens, only religions and ideologies seek to answer them: “Scientific research can flourish only in alliance with some religion or ideology.” Because science and religion can complement one another as well as come into conflict, the story of their interrelations is complex.

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