Through time science has been cast as being against faith and magic. One main premise of disagreement surrounds concepts like god.
The majority of those that describe how science attacks the magical or the religious don’t understand the role of science.
First Science is not a religion or a movement created to convince, in fact it was not invented at all, it was created as a by product of understanding what is not understood. It was eventually named as a way to collect and categorize concepts for interpreting nature.
Its objective is to enlighten and empower man not limit, belittle or confuse man.
So how can science, faith and magic coexist?
Let’s take magic. The entertainment form of magic is based on the ability to manipulate and leverage nature to create an illusion. For example magicians understand that the human eye can be influenced to follow distractions and the use of speed can comprise the human eyes ability to see objects as they move. All of magic is based on understanding nature and using it. So when scientists decompose the magician’s trick is not to ruin it but to allow others to learn it. In fact magic has even been leveraged by scientists to conduct brain and other physical studies.
Now lets take faith or religion for this is where the real battkes are fought.
Put simply, Science our framework for understanding, measuring and leveraging reality to our benefit.
Science is limited because it 2as created by humans and most likely will never be capable of proving or disproving God.
What science does is disprove Gods based on human nature since human nature is observable and within it framework. Science basically says that any God that may exist is so beyond our comprehension that we simply lack the frame of reference to prove or disprove what created what we call reality.
Ironically, I always go back to a very religious man, St. Augustin when I try to fathom what God may be.
There is a story that St. Augustin who was a Catholic saint of the middle ages, would regularly ponder what was God and why God would allow the injustices he regularly observed.
One of these times St. Augustin was sitting on the shore of a beach thinking of who, what and why God was. During the hours he sat contemplating these thoughts he was watching a child that was carrying a bucket back and forth between the water and a hole in the ground. Each time the boy would fill the bucket with water run back to the hole he had previously dug on the beach and pour the water into the hole.
After several hours St. Augustin decided he wanted to see what the boy was doing. He rose, brushed off the sand and approached the boy as he agian emptied his bucket of sea water into the hole.
St. Augustin called out to the boy and asked, what are you doing? The boy paused and said I am trying to put the water in the ocean into this hole. St. Augustin, who not only was religious but had been formally educated said.
“Boy this is madness, you will never put the ocean into that hole, in fact each time you pour your water in, it just goes right back into the ocean.”
With this the boy paused and said “if I cannot put the ocean into this hole what makes you think you can put God into your mind.” According to the legend at that time St. Augustin understood he had no way of understanding God for he had no frame of reference.
Now, both sides of the argument, magic versus science are composed of people. As we know people come in all shapes, sizes and with personal opinions and preconceived notions. St. Augustin for example was a Catholic so he assumed the boy to be Christ for that was his frame of reference. He came to his conclusions using his preconceived notions of who represented God but was he any more wrong in his conclusion than the scientist that says heaven is not above in the clouds and hell is not at the center of the earth?
So in conclusion all science attempts to do is explain, using the only tools we have, our senses. In fact many scientists willingly refer to a universal architect. Science explains what the creator has done, it never disproves its existance only seeks its mechanics and understands that we don’t know what it, who or why it is.
Worship at will what you may but don’t enforce your comfort zone on others for usually its much less comforting for them.