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CLIP 447

Scientists and faith

Scientists and faith

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Key Info
  • Scientists and faith
  • Duration: 01:03
  • Do scientists have faith in science? Scientist and atheist Professor Richard Dawkins talks about faith and evidence in scientific study. Scientists may have faith in a hypothesis when deciding on the direction of their investigations and experiments. They never, however, use faith to draw conclusions about what is true or factual. These truths are always based on evidence. Religion is different. Within religions, faith tells people what to believe without any evidence.
  • Subject:

    Religious Education


    Religion and Science

  • Keywords: Richard Dawkins, science, religion, hypotheses faith, evidence, proof, truth, atheism, theism
Ideas for use in class
  • Some prior discussion and understanding of the tensions between faith and evidence would be useful before viewing the clip, e.g. debate about the existence of God. Do scientists need faith to accept evidence as truth? Explore how we experience faith and evidence in our lives e.g.ask the group to define faith and evidence. (This could be made visual by producing 'thought showers' using words, phrases, symbols, images, even characters to represent each.) Give students a range of belief statements, religious and scientific (e.g. God exists, gravity exists) and decide which are faith-based and evidence-based. Then consider other belief statements, e.g. my team will win the league, I am the best dancer in my class, that rely on faith and evidence.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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