NRS 413 T1DQ1

The ethos of scientism and postmodernism has exacerbated the perceived philosophical and cultural tension between science and religion. What is your perception of this tension? Use the lecture and the topic readings to support your response.

Scientism is the belief that science is the only means of acknowledging reality, it is a philosophical thesis that focuses on facts. On the other hand, religion and spirituality involves the belief in science (to an extent) but also embraces the idea of God’s creations. The tension between scientism and religion, in my opinion, falls solely on the fact that science fails to explain absolutely everything. There are some things that just cannot be proven with facts alone. This gives the opportunity for religion/spirituality to fill in the gaps regarding morals and ethics. It is my belief that, as humans, we are simply terrified of the unknown. We feel the need to have an explanation for absolutely everything. When science falls short, religion/spirituality is there to pick up the slack and soothe our souls by providing us with the explanation we so desire.

In healthcare, a combination of both scientism and religion/spirituality is ideal. Scientism can explain the physical technicalities of an illness as well as with evidence regarding medication and so on. But religion/spiritualty comes into play for a patient when science just can’t explain the way they are feeling. Patients in the hospital often have feelings of helplessness. Scientifically, there’s no explanation for that. There’s no medication that could make that feeling disappear. However, a patient’s beliefs or prayers may help to aide that feeling of helplessness. Or perhaps there is a situation completely opposite that presents itself. All of the facts point us to the conclusion that a patient will not recover. Prayer alone will not cure that patient if there is absolutely no factual, scientific probability.

Puchalski, C. M. (2001, October 14). The role of spirituality in health care. Retrieved from