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  • Writer's picture Peter Kupisz

Scientists Have Faith?

It is not uncommon for people to pit faith against science; as if the two are on opposite ends of a spectrum. Faith is put on the irrational side and science is put on the rational side.

But that doesn’t match the way science actually functions. The fact is, science also requires a certain element of faith. But it's not an irrational faith, it's a reasonable faith. For example, scientists have faith in the assumption that nature is ordered in a certain rational, mathematical and intelligible manner.

Dr. Paul Davies is a theoretical physicist, cosmologist, and professor at Arizona State University. He has noted the following.

All science proceeds on the assumption that nature is ordered in a rational and intelligible way. You couldn't be a scientist if you thought the universe was a meaningless jumble of odds and ends haphazardly juxtaposed. When physicists probe to a deeper level of subatomic structure, or astronomers extend the reach of their instruments, they expect to encounter additional elegant mathematical order. And so far this faith has been justified.

Just as science functions on a rational faith, religion can too. For more on this, check out the many blogs and articles on

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Davies, Paul. “Opinion | Taking Science on Faith.” The New York Times, November 24, 2007, sec. Opinion.



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