Ainsdale Village Church

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can science and religion coexist?


Science and religion are two ways of exploring and understanding reality. One explores a physical reality, the other explores a spiritual reality. Science is totally reliant upon material phenomena, but religion employs the imagination, emotion and spirit of man. Being religious does not result in one having conflicting beliefs with science. Science does not speak against God, science is merely knowledge attained via observations. There is no bad friction between God and science.

With regards to the myth that the 'Christian Dark Ages' greatly hindered scientific progress, atheist writer Tim O'Neill responds:

“It’s not hard to kick this nonsense to pieces, especially since the people presenting it know next to nothing about history and have simply picked up these strange ideas from websites and popular books. The assertions collapse as soon as you hit them with hard evidence. I love to totally stump these propagators by asking them to present me with the name of one – just one - scientist burned, persecuted, or oppressed for their science in the Middle Ages. They always fail to come up with any. They usually try to crowbar Galileo back into the Middle Ages, which is amusing considering he was a contemporary of Descartes. When asked why they have failed to produce any such scientists given the Church was apparently so busily oppressing them, they often resort to claiming that the Evil Old Church did such a good job of oppression that everyone was too scared to practice science. By the time I produce a laundry list of Medieval scientists – like Albertus Magnus, Robert Grosseteste, Roger Bacon, John Peckham, Duns Scotus, Thomas Bradwardine, Walter Burley, William Heytesbury, Richard Swineshead, John Dumbleton, Richard of Wallingford, Nicholas Oresme, Jean Buridan and Nicholas of Cusa – and ask why these men were happily pursuing science in the Middle Ages without molestation from the Church, my opponents usually scratch their heads in puzzlement at what just went wrong.”


Why would a good God allow so much suffering and evil?

This question is one of the most difficult that Christians face and therefore many different reasons have been thought out. The main one is that of free will, which is explained by this video.  


Christians' believe God is able, but not willing to end evil. He accepts evil because it allows for free will and love, a greater good. If God didn't make us able to choose to do bad things, therefore making us only capable of doing good things then the good things we do would have no value because we didn't choose to do them.



Why has there been, and still are, so many atrocities committed in the name of Christianity?

Calling yourself a Christian doesn't mean a thing unless you're constantly trying to improve yourself and all your actions are those of love. 

Hypocrisy is a human trait, not a Christian one. Christians and Christianity cannot be held accountable to those few who go against the teachings of Jesus and spread hate or act immorally.


More of these to come, meanwhile ask any questions via the message box on the previous page.