Scientism is based on the belief that only scientific claims are meaningful. It is the broad based belief that the “assumptions and methods of research and natural sciences are equally appropriate to all disciplines, including philosophy, the humanities and the social sciences” (Basics, 2018). Scientism can be seen as a faith that science has no boundaries, and that in due time all human problems and all aspects of human endeavors will be dealt and solved by science alone.
When one is thinking of their own personal religious beliefs, only a minority of adults perceive a conflict between science and their own personal religious beliefs. According to Funk & Alper, 2015, thirty percent of Americans would say that their own religious beliefs conflict with science while sixty eight percent say that science and their religious beliefs do not conflict.
In my opinion, religion and spirituality embraces the idea of God’s creation with the involvement of science. Science can not explain everything and there are some things that can not be proven with facts alone. Spirituality and religion will the gaps of the facts that can not be proven with science. Personally, scientism does not conflict with my religion. As nurses, (hopefully), we all chose this career path because we love God and we want to help people. Nurses should be providing compassionate care to every
patient and their loved ones. Nurses should also be providing compassion to every person they come in contact with outside of the hospital or work place. I feel privileged to call myself a nurse. I worked hard to obtain my degree and have been practicing for fifteen years now. Now God has led me back to school to achieve more for myself, my family, and my patients.
Being a nurse, I have seen the tension that science and religion has a few times. Patient who made the decision that they are placing their “health” into Gods hands get confronted by the doctors who will try to convince the patient to go for another treatment or sign consent for surgery.
Body and spirit cannot be separated in our understanding of human beings; yet, because of the two-sidedness of our nature, we can look at the person from each of these angles. Understanding our nature in this way, we learn something about how we should evaluate medical “progress.” It cannot be acceptable simply to oppose the forward thrust of scientific medicine. That zealous desire to know, to probe the secrets of nature, to combat disease—all that is an expression of our created freedom from the limits of the “given,” the freedom by which we step forth as God ’s representatives in the world. But a moral vision shaped by this Christian understanding of the person will also be prepared to say no to some exercises of human freedom. The never-ending project of human self-creation runs up against the limit that is God.