Three sentences in the October 3, 2011 edition of Time magazine gave me reason to pause. They enlightened me to how some people think and where they place their hope.
First, there was a two-page advertisement by Dow Chemical Company which contained a sentence that made me gasp. I was stunned. It read, “Together, the elements of science and the human element can solve anything.”
Then, page twenty had a commentary by Lisa Randall who teaches Physics at Harvard. In 2007, she was voted by Time magazine as one of the one-hundred most influential people. Let me quote the two sentences that caught my attention, “Adherents who want to accept both religious influences on the world and scientific explanations for its workings are obliged to confront the chasm between tangible effects and unseen, imperceptible influences that is unbridgeable by logical thought. They have no choice but to admit the inconsistency – or simply overlook the contradiction.” I’ve read those sentences a few times, and here’s what I think she means. Religion and science are incompatible because science is logical and religion is not.
I don’t intend to argue about these two statements. I’m still reeling from them. I want to consider what this means for those who hold such beliefs, and what does this mean for me, someone who does not.