Is there a way to reconcile science and religion?

In an attempt to stir up emotions the height valued Journal Nature published a world view article on science and religion Sometimes science must give way to religion. As probably intended this article triggered comments that either support or debunk that idea. Here on this blog page the first and only attempt to reconcile, the fauceir stance:

The big fauceirs science and religion are related. They share a common ancestor, which is the natural religion of the hunter-gatherer society. Then sometimes in the past, they parted, each of them starting its own life and evolutionary path. While religions remained influential for millennia, the world is dominated by science today. That’s simply because evolution favors the more advanced fauceirs. Science is much more flexible and adaptable to interpret and employ natural phenomena. Science is so advanced today that it virtually exclusively guarantees our social progress in technology, economy and culture. That doesn’t mean religion is of no importance any more. On the contrary, but the evolutionary difference between science and religion is so wide and it is widening with increasing pace. To employ an analogy from biology, the difference is about the same as between fungi and mammals.

From those fauceir considerations the following conclusions can be drawn:

  1. Science and religion will coexist for ever.

  2. Science and religion will occupy different sociological (ecological) niches

  3. Competition between science and religion will never end. (Science is tempted to expel religion from their niches, and, on the other hand religion tries to re-occupy lost territory, if even parasitically. The nature article mentioned above mirrors that eternal struggle.)

For my part the fauceir concept is a good way to reconcile both sides. But that will fail, I’m sure, as fauceirs are made to defend its existence, and so the fauceir concept will not be hailed as a solution for reconciliation but rather ignored or attacked from both sides, instead.

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This work by Paul Netman is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.

Fauceir theory is developed and © by Mato Nagel and available at


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