Sat 31 Mar 2007
Some of you know that I’m a Mormon, and one thing us Mormons do is hold a global conference every so often. This weekend, for example, marks the 177th Annual General Conference for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The LDS church, as I see it, helps improve the world by inspiring men and women to be better and by strengthening families. I believe that cause is noble.
Yet, religion is not always seen favorably in the popular press or among some people at large. It has even been libeled with oft-repeated assertion that “the more you know, the less likely it is that you will buy into a religion.”* I seriously doubt the correlation is as strong as is claimed and I know this much personally: as I approach the end of my post-graduate degree, nothing I have learned inside or outside of school has weakened my belief in a wise, beneficent God. To the contrary, it seems to me that the more learning I acquire, the greater this conviction becomes.
I’ve heard people state that those who support both science and religious dangerously cater to contradiction and inconsistency. Yet, I see no incompatibilities. Any honest scientist will freely admit that science fails to answer many questions. For me and others, religion nicely patches gaps that science doesn’t (or cannot) fill. Religion completes the picture. You’ll excuse my oversimplification, but to me, it is evident that true science and true religion firmly anchor themselves in veracity and as such, they fit nicely together.
What do you think? Are intelligence and religiosity inversely proportional?