I just got back from seeing the movie Expelled. It was the second time I have seen it and I enjoyed it equally as much.
Everyone approaches science from a worldview‚Ä¶ from their own persepctive. Everyone has a set of beliefs and biases. I do not believe or ascribe to evolution or intelligent design. I am a young earth creationist‚Ä¶ just so you know my bias. I believe the Bible and therefore approach science through that lens. They are not mutually exclusive but entirely compatible.
Science at its essence is the systematic study and body of knowledge pertaining to the physical, material world. Approaching that study with correct assumptions and beliefs will only make the study of science more accurate.
So the question becomes: what are the correct assumptions and beliefs with which to approach science? If one believes that there is an immatierial world and approaches the study of the material world with that in my mind‚Ä¶ then if they are correct in their belief in the immaterial world‚Ä¶ it will only enhance their study of the material world.
The biggest problem I see in the study of science is pride. As we learn and grow in our study of the material world we may learn that what we once thought to be true is fraught with problems. Because of pride we cannot go back on what we profess whether we know it to be false or not‚Ä¶ pride inhibits belief which inhibits understanding and knowing.
The interesting thing is that many prominent atheists and evolutionists profess and claim to have believed in God at one time. They did not or do not see the evidence for an immaterial world and therefore reject that premise when studying science.
So, when a bright individual (or anyone really) sees evidence for an immaterial world, then those who do not, in pride, can very easily discount them or their view. Surely they could not have missed it themselves? It would take great humility to re-examine those thoughts and say one was wrong. To go back, humbly and sincerely, and look for evidence for the immaterial is something most people will not do‚Ä¶ but that is what is needed to properly study science and the material world.
Lastly, I would say that I can understand the unbelief on either side of the argument with regard to the opposing view. Both sides are so convinced by what they see as the evidence for their view that they see no need to consider the other side‚Äôs evidence‚Ä¶ it would be absurd to them. So the key thing is, determining the beliefs with which they approach their evidence.
There is truth.