Religious Question

  1. Has getting an education and learning about sciences such as psychology, sociology, philosophy, anatomy and physiology changed your religious views. I am just curious because I am an atheist and it seems to me that learning how the mind and body work as well as how the environment shapes a person would question a persons view about their religion. I do respect others people's beliefs and I am not trying to proselytize anyone into becoming an atheist. I am just curious.

  2. 35 Comments

  3. by   jnette
    If anything, it gave more validation to my belief in a Living God.
  4. by   Angelica
    I can't really answer that, Keven, as I have always been an atheist. I think religions are interesting, though, and I'd like to maybe take a class to learn more. If I do I doubt it would change my personal beliefs.
  5. by   Spidey's mom
    Hi Kevin,

    I'd say becoming a nurse strengthened my faith in God. Especially Microbiology and learning how absolutely intricate and brilliant DNA is. To me it takes more faith to believe that DNA "just happened" than that it was created and has logic at its core.

    I love science!

  6. by   VickyRN
    The more I learn (intellectually), the stronger my faith in God becomes. The human body is a breathtaking work of art, a masterpiece of design, "fearfully and wonderfully made." NO WAY it (or any other marvel in our universe) could have happened by chance.
  7. by   renerian
    Excellent question! No it has not detered me at all. I am a Lutheran. My spiritual faith is all I have some days when everything seems to go crazy. My hubby is Catholic, two of his kids are as well. My dtr and his one son say they are atheists. My other son is a Jehovahs Witness. Yes we have interesting discussions LOL.

    Good thread Kevin,

  8. by   night owl
    When I took A&P, I thought to myself, "WOW, Look at all this stuff! God is a really smart cookie for inventing man. Why didn't he send instructions on how to fix it?"...He made us figure it all out...and we're still figuring it out today.
  9. by   VickyRN
    Why didn't he send instructions on how to fix it?"...
    He DID send us instructions... about 2000 years ago.
  10. by   KaroSnowQueen
    Viewing such subjects as physiology, A & P, cellular construction, etc indeed made my faith stronger. In my opinion, it takes LESS faith to believe that God made all this than it would take to believe that it "all just happened that way." THAT would take more faith than I could muster up.
  11. by   ChainedChaosRN
    I too believe that science has strengthened by belief in God. The capacity of the human mind alone in itself is enough to for me to believe it didn't happen by chance.

    For me the older I get it's easier to see that somethings are predestined...not just circumstance. This all reaffirms my belief.
  12. by   obeyacts2
    If anything, taking nursing pre-reqs have reinforced my views on creation. I just cannot understand how anything so perfoect and intricate could have evolved from slime.

  13. by   litepath
    and it seems to me that learning how the mind and body work as well as how the environment shapes a person would question a persons view about their religion

    ~~Since I subscribe to no religon, my view may not count on this, but i noticed hardly anyone mentioned their religon either. That said, I am a spiritual being first and a human being second. Personally I wasn't very fond of the lack of education represented in my coursework regarding "how the mind and body work." We had basic A&P, psych, etcetera, but medicine in general and nursing too, really doesn't delve into the mind-body connection very thoroughly in it's text books or courseworks. I found it very difficult to deny the statement On earth as it is in heaven due to the way i view the Anatomy of the physical being. It would seem to me that our bodies are like a minature universe inside. I found incredible similarilties to the universe within our bodies and to the one we dwell in. Polypeptide chains and their link to emotion and disease are but a few of the miraculous things that standard medicine seems to want to overlook. As a believer, I know that we have access to a universe of energy to use for healing. And as a Reiki practitioner I've seen it happen. I don't know anything about Atheism, but i intend to do some research now that you've reminded me. Your views are a part of society as well as mine.
    ~~be well~~
  14. by   Disablednurse
    I know this is going to sound pat, but when I became a nurse 25 years ago, I gave my self to God to work as a nurse. I know what I mean and hope I am phrasing it correctly. I have always let Him help me in my decisions about life in general and work. However, this is how I was raised. He has always been a big part of my life, so I did not change. I just let Him take care of all the details and I do as I feel that he is telling me to do. Even if this sounds far out, it is how I believe as a christian.