Is religion an uncategorized science?

Follow Us!
Share :
Religion < Philosophy of Mind < Philosophy

Is religion a science?

First, this came about from the following Facebook comment:

“It is philosophically convenient to say ‘religion should be a science,’ whereas it is arrogant for a philosopher to explicitly say ‘religion is not a science.’ Even physics was not a science in the beginning; it was a ridiculous heap of nonsense filled with blind hypotheses and theories. Why should modern philosophers not allow religion followers to transform their blind faith into a science for philosophers to fathom?”

Answer: Religion, whether you know it or not, is a part of everyone’s worldview, a part of each person’s belief system. However, the claim that physics started not as a science is a misunderstanding. It’s true that all ideas start as speculative…all of them. They then go through a judgment period and are either validated, disproven, or classified as unknowable. The difference between physics and religion is that physics operates within the scientific realm, where speculative ideas are rigorously tested and either validated or discarded. Religion, on the other hand, resides in the realm of belief. In addition to framing our empirical world, it attempts to provide answers for the unknown and unknowable. While religion and other beliefs not based on observation rely on faith, science depends on evidence and experimentation.

For more on categorizing ideas, take the 18-minute deep dive: The Idea of Ideas

Share :


1-Minute Hot Topics!

Weekly Wisdom Builder
This week’s 4-minute brain boost…
July 7, 2024 Edition
Time Left: 

Email Notification
Subscribe to our Weekly Wisdom BuilderIt’s Free! No ads! No catches! One email each Monday, use it as your weekly to-do checklist! Delete it after you’ve pondered your weekly 4 minute brain boost.

Exactly what the world needs RIGHT NOW!

Wisdom at the crossroads of knowledge.

Wisdom emerges from the consistent exploration of the intersections of philosophy, science, critical thinking, and history.


Join the Conversation! Currently logged out.
Sign in, or register, to leave a comment.
“To share your thoughts and become a part of our kind-hearted community engaged in rational and tolerant discussion, please sign in or register. Your voice matters to us, and together, we can create a space of meaningful dialogue.” -Mike Prestwood

Leave a Comment

Scroll to Top