Originally Posted by Jennifer
There are many scientists who believe as I do that science can co-exist with a higher power
. Science is the quest for knowledge through experimentation and observation. There are clearly rules that govern our universe. It doesn't matter if they were created by a higher power, if they were created by the universe itself, or if time truly is infinite and they simply were always there, the fact is that these rules do exist, so the correct conclusions gained through science will remain valid regardless of their origin.
I've always hated that science uses the terms "laws" and "rules" because they use them in a context that is different than they are used anywhere else. A law, scientifically, is just an observed behavior for which an exception hasn't been found. That doesn't mean that there are actual rules that the universe has to follow because that suggests that there's something apart from the universe that is governing it. It's just our observation of the behavior of the universe.
I also hate that science uses the word "theory" differently from everybody else too because it leads to so many, "Well, evolution just a theory" arguments and I'm tired of having to tell people that a scientific theory is not the same as a conspiracy theory.
...but this isn't the science thread, I'm guessing.