I have so much respect for people who believe in God (or god, or goddess, or gods and goddesses, etc.). I may not have the same beliefs as them, and may support science over their thoughts on the way the universe works, but honestly. To have that much faith and heart and passion towards something that is meant to instill hope, love, compassion and forgiveness makes a person beautiful to me. At the end of the day, no one really actually knows how everything works, science seems to be factually correct and supportive of disputing religious beliefs, but who cares. Truth is subjective. Faith is heartwarming. I don’t know. I’ve just never found it okay to bluntly say to a religious person that they’re wrong. No one is right, whether you’re an atheist, a polytheist, a Christian, catholic, Buddhist, Jewish. No one. Religion has beautiful intentions at the core that I believe are pure and I respect those that actually follow any religion for those basic purposes. You all rock. You don’t rock if you think your beliefs are right over everyone else, whatever your beliefs may be.
Thank you writing this. It is nice to see someone, who though they claim no religious beliefs, sees good in others having them. An open mind like yours will serve you well.
Something I wanted to note is you said, “I may not have the same beliefs as them, and may support science over their thoughts on the way the universe works…” I just wanted to clarify that you can support science and be religious too. Religion, (at least, speaking from my Roman Catholic background) makes no claim as to how the material universe works. We recognize that that is not the role of religion, but the role of science. As Cardinal Baronius said, ”The Bible teaches us how to go to heaven, not how the heavens go.” (Galileo later quoted him.)
There are many Catholic scientists today, and Catholicism has always readily supported science, and some of the greatest scientists in history have been Catholics. Wikipedia actually has a list of Roman Catholic priests who have made significant contributions to science.
Many Roman Catholic clerics throughout history have made significant contributions to science. These cleric-scientists include such illustrious names as Nicolaus Copernicus,Gregor Mendel, Georges Lemaître, Albertus Magnus, Roger Bacon, Pierre Gassendi, Roger Joseph Boscovich, Marin Mersenne, Bernard Bolzano, Francesco Maria Grimaldi,Nicole Oresme, Jean Buridan, Robert Grosseteste, Christopher Clavius, Nicolas Steno, Athanasius Kircher, Giovanni Battista Riccioli, William of Ockham, and others listed below. The Catholic Church has also produced many lay scientists and mathematicians.
The Jesuits in particular have made numerous significant contributions to the development of science. For example, the Jesuits have dedicated significant study to earthquakes, and seismology has been described as “the Jesuit science.” The Jesuits have been described as “the single most important contributor to experimental physics in the seventeenth century.” According to Jonathan Wright in his book God’s Soldiers, by the eighteenth century the Jesuits had “contributed to the development of pendulum clocks, pantographs, barometers, reflecting telescopes and microscopes, to scientific fields as various as magnetism, optics and electricity. They observed, in some cases before anyone else, the colored bands on Jupiter’s surface, the Andromeda nebula and Saturn’s rings. They theorized about the circulation of the blood (independently of Harvey), the theoretical possibility of flight, the way the moon effected the tides, and the wave-like nature of light.
My reason for saying all this is simply to say, that if you are interested in religion, but feel that a strong appreciation for science prevents you from embracing it, please don’t feel that way. Science and religion can (and should) work together. As Albert Einstein said:
"Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind."