Can Science Be a Religion?

by Moin Uddin Ahmed Tipu

Religion is a touchy topic within the scientific community. Science, meanwhile, can be just as sensitive a topic within some religious communities. Are there times when the two overlap? When fervent belief in science functions much like devout faith? Trace investigates.

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34 comments

Da Koos March 5, 2018 - 8:58 PM

The Big Bang came from Nothing – Miracle
Life happened against odds so great it had to be a – Miracle
Most theories are not proven or can't be – Belief
Some theories are so full of gaps that we need to concoct hypothesis like Dark Matter or 11 dimensions – Defend

According to my logic Miracle + Belief + Defend = Religous

azmhyr March 6, 2018 - 2:25 PM

It already is. And professors on TV ARE the high priests. While the TV screens are temples, and national geographic is it's monthly holy scripture.

Ninja Sushi April 10, 2018 - 3:04 AM

Charlie Darwin was a theologist who had no formal scientific education.

Ninja Sushi April 10, 2018 - 3:06 AM

Good video. I like the references.

drevilatwork April 27, 2018 - 1:17 PM

humans became geneticaly religion probe because

the main reason afterlife religion societies spread is because its beliving individuals would offer more service and endure more pain in return for afterdeath compensation while also being more civilized and obedient out of fear of afterdeath punishment.

and so, the groups who's individuals ware more geneticaly prone to religion ware
strongher and able to conquer and destroy other less religious groups.

also religion used to offer psychological comfort, meaning porpuse and goals.

Brian Freeman May 25, 2018 - 9:04 AM

There's not nearly enough unwarranted speculation and dogma in science to consider it on par with religion.

pkt rkt June 17, 2018 - 1:08 AM

Science defines gravity as phenomenon which is synonymous with miracle, marvel and wonder. Only the high priests of science can see the holy atom/boson, the rest of us must just believe and send more money.

Josh Fehr July 19, 2018 - 8:16 AM

Here is my proof that science is a religion at least under the definition of those who created religion in the first place, meaning those who invented or found God…If you define a religion as those who worship a God or God's, then no science is not a religion, but since God is another word for truth, and love, and it talked about higher truth an wisdom then man's, which would be nature itself, but it also talks about the truth and love being one and yet on Earth we see them as separate, and that is the great sin which God see's everyone commit, which is that they are not Jesus Christ, the truth and the way to love…now isn't that a beautiful world view based on the knowledge and wisdom they had back then? I think there have always been slaves and idiots and greedy people who take advantage of truth and love, so this book makes you either make a choice for yourself or someone else's, and ask a lot of questions, or non at all…simply put, Science claims it's the only way to truth, religion claims it's the only way to love…Jesus said I and my father are one..

C-2-RESH-18 KEK August 12, 2018 - 11:30 AM

Science is not a religion. A true scientist knows that science is fallible, evolves and often requires change, it may be followed with a kind of fanaticism or religious fervour, which may, to some, make it similar to a religion, but it cannot be considered a religion in and of itself without a lot of mental gymnastics. I am a christian and I believe in evolution, the heliocentric model of the solar system and the age of the earth being over 4 billion years. I one hundred percent have faith in Jesus and in God, and I see science as being one of the many gifts God bestowed his people.

THICCOSAURUS November 1, 2018 - 8:41 PM

Here is a problem I didn't start notice until my later years though, the average person doesn't actually understand most science they just pretend to and we do take the words of scientists as the words of gods if 90% of scientists said that global warming was a hoax we would believe them without question, if they said the sun was only a mile or so away from the planet we would believe them.

Colonial Rebel November 26, 2018 - 10:13 AM

Modern day textbook science is absolutely a religion.

They push unproved theories on kids that are NOT definite.

They use time spans that are measurable, 46 million years cannot be witnessed, measured or considered to be fact since no living human can testify on its behalf.

When the scientific community cannot be measured, tested or repeated science becomes an oppressive doctrine that is pushed on the masses. The average person cannot test, measure or prove several theories in science textbooks. Yet these theories develope the base of modern science. Theories like evolution, gravity, and A-centrism are taught as fact in universities but have NOT yet been a fact in independent scientific studies.

When science violates the SCIENTIFIC METHOD it breaches moral scientific reasoning and becomes a religious doctrine.

Derek Civil Defense December 9, 2018 - 8:05 AM

Many people already treat it like a religion. They treat scientists as high priests and they treat their favorite articles and books as sacred texts.

If you say anything that conflicts with their viewpoints; share articles that counter their arguments; or make an argument based upon even peer-reviewed reports, they will treat you like a heretic or infidel.

Yes, human beings are inclined on average to have a set of strong beliefs or faiths. It basically a genetic behavioral trait and there are some interesting reports and articles about genetic memory and behavioral leanings for anyone interested. Those who deny it probably embrace it more than those who admit it.

Innominatus Ambrosius December 14, 2018 - 12:34 PM

most atheist I've talked to see science in the same way most theists see their gods.
Absolute truth does not exist. Do you think a god would actually see himself as a god or a person first?
Does a king see himself a person or a king first?
I am a person but I am still a god; also I want love, not worship.

PrivateSi December 15, 2018 - 6:12 PM

Religions are dogmatic, man-made and can only evolve by schism or decree by some head honcho (ie. Zee Pope)….. Religions require faith (belief without evidence) and their vain Gods require constant praise… People don't go round saying they're Sciencists or Sciencians and 'Christain Science' doesn't count and is an oxymoron as they shun science.

Nagaraj Shenoy December 25, 2018 - 3:06 PM

Click bait

StaffordC88 February 23, 2019 - 9:30 PM

Religion (e.g. the supernatural) CREATED science. When we take into account the very beginning of time, there had to have been a force behind science and the creation of things. The scientific method is nothing more than a handful of smart, sensible rules scientists use to make claims about the world, and then build on those claims using the same set of rules to support their theory. Someone or something had to have established the mechanics of those rules long before [human] beings could have discovered them. Science objectively determines that two hydrogens and one oxygen will always produce water, but who or what initially allowed that consistent rules-based effect cannot be explained. The supernatural is known for happenings that are beyond our understanding. Science is the formula that generates measurable predictions to help us understand. The question should not be "can science be a religion". The question should be: who ultimately created science?

MystWalker April 13, 2019 - 10:30 AM

Science and Religion are one subject divided by humans. Prayers create communication through different dimensions. Angels, Demons, and others are multidimensional beings, meaning they cannot be seen if they don't want to. In science, we manipulate those particles and electromagnetic fields. There are events about time travellers who did not recognize where they are and confused. This happened a lot but i cannot confirm if those stories are real. Radioactive places and high frequency areas can trigger a portal. Prayers are enabling human power without the needs of technology.

Richard Gorsuch May 8, 2019 - 7:13 PM

Religion is the seeking of knowledge. truth and understanding. And that is what science is. The difference is science is based on fact, all other religions are based on faith. People today have to much information to just accept faith.

forogotten utopia October 24, 2019 - 11:31 PM

It already has become one! Vaccination, evolutionism are forced upon people

TheShells October 28, 2019 - 9:14 PM

Did not realize this channel had been selling science as a religion sine 2013 –
Science is often wrong – that is the point. Scientists used to be allowed to say they were wrong – not anymore.

Dave Scruton February 10, 2020 - 3:22 AM

Science has become worshipped like a religion, not only to those believers that take some fact about Antarctica having the hottest day ever, which actually wat the highest recorded since 1961 when these recordings began, and believe it is proof that man made climate change is a real threat to the world. Man made climate change is yet to even be significant in the overall pattern and this is proven out more and more daily, yet to these believers that science said so….can't be swayed.

MAYA EL April 11, 2020 - 2:32 PM

science IS A RELIGION it is called atomism it is the belief in the atom and that everything that is "real" can be quantified and if it can't be quantified the it doesn't exist. But they ignore the fact that they are assuming what the atom is and how it works when they have only predicted outcomes of certain experiments and upon predicting them mostly correct they assume that they know the reason why they were able to predict it accurately but they fail to realize that there can and is always more then one way to skin a cat so assuming on faith that the atom is what they say it is qualifies is as a religion.

Louis Fresta May 5, 2020 - 3:32 AM

That test you mentioned seems to be a confirmation bias, also people find it harder to make sensible decisions when hungry, which I dare say is equivalent to being under stress.

SuccuhSlut May 12, 2020 - 12:19 AM

God is everything

Spaced Out June 16, 2020 - 5:40 AM

Science is not a religion.

HIGHLANDER June 30, 2020 - 10:57 AM

There are two types of scientists; one true science, where scientists continually try to disprove themselves. They are honest, and truly want to help humanity with their discoveries. Although these scientists are the majority, we mainly see the ones in the other group. They usually doubt have a voice.
In fact, many who come forward, and tell the truth, have had their life DESTROYED. Its calle Forbidden Science, and there are books about that, in the same name.
The other group of scientists are the more narcissistic type. They have a big ego, want to be on the cover of Time magazine, be interviewed on TV, or get their paper published. Although smart, these ego driven scientists don't always tell 100% of the truth, if it doesn't benefit them somehow. So, they can be easily bought by the highest bidder. This group is highly political, and can be dishonest to push an agenda. We see them mostly, because unfortunately they are the ones on TV, on shows, and have their outsider published. That's why it's easy for them to brainwash us with lies, because the first group has been silenced – they're not ego driven, no one interview them. ***Think about that – unfortunately we ONLY hear from the smaller group, not the majority group… 🤔

Glyne Martin July 2, 2020 - 12:12 AM

Either which way, humans ultimately believe in Knowledge.

1.) The omniscient knowledge of God.

Or

2.) The scientific knowledge of human beings.

vector July 12, 2020 - 2:14 AM

Yes
For god sake most scientists are religious

Isidore Aerys July 15, 2020 - 6:13 AM

Science is a universal Truth.
Religion can not be. Religion is culturally conditioned. Which is why Asians are likely to be Buddhist, those in the Middle East are usually Muslim. And a majority Americans are Christian.
There is no Asian school of Physics, No Jewish sect of chemistry, no hindu geology. Scientific consensus is a universally applied body of observations, verifiably true by all.

Elsa Innamorato December 22, 2020 - 3:29 AM

Yes it does matter what you believe in that determines your outcoming life.

Steven Anderson April 24, 2021 - 3:49 AM

Science is the religion of the immoral

MutedGameplay June 7, 2021 - 8:47 PM

I dont believe in anything.
What am i?
How you label it?

MorelCultivation September 25, 2021 - 4:32 PM

2021..Science is now a religion you can not question…at least when it comes to global warming and cobi-19 and vaccines.

Milad Pourrahmani December 13, 2021 - 10:01 AM

2:00 Nothing would change if a single person finds a flaw in science; only an influential academic from a prestigious institution with access to funding has such a power.