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Are Miracles Contrary to Science?

In a world where science and the supernatural are no longer reconcilable, can they co-exist? Are miracles diametrically opposed to the laws that govern our universe? People of faith are confronted with an increasingly antagonistic scientific community, which generally opposes any acknowledgement of the supernatural, and more importantly, the divine.

Gone are the days of Bacon, Newton, Pascal and Galilei; these men, who saw a partnership between their observations of science, and the immutable hand of Providence, have been replaced by Nye, Hawking, Dawkins and Tyson, to name a few. The shift has trickled down the ranks within the hallowed halls of science to the point where there is very little room for acknowledgement of the supernatural.

The gap between these two camps appears to be widening, and that means that more and more individuals who espouse a belief in the miraculous, and who also have a deep respect for the scientific method, find it difficult to reconcile the two. The writer of this article is one of those who has seen miracles in action, and has also grown up with a love for science and the logical basis of that pursuit.

Science and Miracles

First, let us look at science. Webster’s definition is, “knowledge about or study of the natural world based on facts learned through experiments and observation.”  Science, and the scientific method upon which it is built, is based on repeatable, observable data. It is an objective pursuit of the mind, where logic, both deductive and inductive are employed to form hypothesis and draw conclusions.

Science is noble and ancient, permeating as far back as history can be traced. Humans have been created with a mental capacity unmatched in the natural world, and it is apparent that any who pursue science as a career, contain a certain level of acumen and brilliance.

What about miracles? Have you had an experience or seen something that you could not explain logically? That is the rub between science and miracles. Since science is based on observable and repeatable data, and miracles are usually a one-off, then it falls outside the realm of what can be defined by science. Webster defines a miracle as, “an extraordinary event manifesting divine intervention in human affairs.”

Based on this study, and the definitions of both science and miracles, it can be deduced that miracles fall outside the scope of science because they are extraordinary and not naturally reoccurring. That does not mean that they cannot co-exist, because science can only address the physical world, not the supernatural.

Conclusion

However, while miracles cannot be explained by the limitations of science, they are not contrary to science either. There are no scientific laws governing what science cannot explain. That is the complexity of the quandary that followers of science and the supernatural find themselves facing. It is not a matter of black and white, but “both…and” in this situation.

Walker Haynes is an award winning director, producer and actor, and his work in the entertainment industry spans over a decade. His company, A STREAM IN THE DESERT PRODUCTIONS, LLC, has taken multiple movie projects from the writing process through production, post-production and distribution. Walker is currently in development with his next feature, “The Curse Of Pirate’s Cove,” a family-friendly film based on his award winning script.

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