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Do You Think Science & Religion Can Coexist? | Earth Your While w/ Zach Anner

– So, a rabbi, a reverend
and an imam walk into a coffee shop. There’s no joke there, we’re just going to talk to them about faith
and the environment. Let’s go figure out if
there’s a punch line. (upbeat music) – This is a little strange for me. I’ve never been surrounded
by so much holiness before. I feel a little out of place. So how does each of you
feel about the environment and how does your faith influence that? – The scripture of the
Islamic faith is the Koran, describes human beings
in historic creation not as human beings, but
as stewards of the earth. – There’s actually
multiple instances in the Old Testament where we see regard for our environment as a key part
of how we’re supposed to relate to the earth
and it’s an important part of Jewish faith to not deify nature. – So when people are
going up and literally hugging trees, you’re like, “Hey!” – Oh, no, I hug trees. – Oh, okay. – When you go to Sequoia
National Park and you look at a tree that’s been
there since the time of — – Moses. – 2000 years ago, 3000 years,
– Moses. – Right, you know, it
really builds your faith. – Yeah, they said it very well. And actually our faith
traditions, we’re talking trees, they’re different branches but with a very similar, with the same root. All living things belong to God and are here together and sometimes humans tend to think there are
people and we’re separate from animals and the rest of nature, but it’s an understanding that
we’re a part of nature. – I totally agree with
that, except I will share nothing with a possum. – You can learn something
from every animal. – Well, I’m not willing to take the time for possum school. But can faith and science
coexist or do you guys just turn off the TV when
you see Bill Nye talking? – I turn off the TV when I see Bill Nye. It’s more because of the bow tie. – See, only certain
people can rock a bow tie, and I think he’s one of them. – Well, that’s subjective. But I have gotten a lot from science. I feel that we want to balance the best of the innovation that we have with the best of the ancient wisdom
that we’re preserving. – I don’t see a
contradiction between science and religion. In fact, science helps us
to understand God’s world in profound ways. – There’s a passage in
Genesis that often comes up as possibly being in
conflict with the idea that humans can change the environment. Can you talk a little
bit about Genesis 9:11? – God might have promised
that God’s not going to bring another flood,
but we’re fully capable of bringing on our own
flood and destroying the world on our own. God placed us here and
gave us this opportunity, but we also can blow it. – Well what the Koran says about it is that God doesn’t change
the circumstances for people unless they initiate the change. So if we are headed
down a wrong path and we make the effort to rectify our misdeeds, then God will step in and help us. But he’s not going to
make that improvement for us without any effort on our behalf. – And I will say, I
don’t believe that humans can destroy planet earth. I do believe that humans
can make planet earth unlivable for humans
and that’s not exactly the same thing. – Reverend Pickens, what
are you skeptical about, because that’s why we want to open up this conversation. – I have seen websites
where you can pay to offset your carbon footprint. So I went to the website
and I told them I went from LAX to Dulles round
trip and they told me to offset my carbon footprint
it would cost $11.90 payable to this website. But I’m skeptical. – I’m inclined to go along with our friend the reverend here. I don’t think you can
sin and then pay to get out of your sins. I can’t speak about other religions. But you can’t be like,
“Okay, I feel guilty. “I burned all these carbon things. “So now I’m gonna go pay 11 bucks and “have a guilt-free conscience.” – Yeah, and I feel so much better. In the Christian tradition,
we call that cheap grace. – We really have to make the shift from burning fossil fuels to
something that’s more sustainable, wind, solar,
whatever it may be. And something that’s more credible rather than just gimicky. – If I could solve all
of my sins with 11 bucks, I would go for it. – What a deal, right? – So, how do you distill
the immensity of a problem down to something that
humans can even understand? – It tell us in Pirkei
Avot which is in the Talmud that you are not required
to finish the work. You’re not going to. That doesn’t mean can
desist from doing the work. You’re not off the hook. So while the challenges might be enormous, everybody has to be
involved in doing something to solve the problems at hand. – Jesus put it this way in
teaching us how to pray. “Give us this day our daily bread.” So yes, that is about
God providing, but also, we can only do so much in a day. And it can all be completely overwhelming but if we just take it,
kind of a slice at a time, one bite at a time, what can we do today, that has been the will
to keep going forward. – And I think that the first step is just not being exploitative of
the natural environment. – How do you also look to the future? – In the Jewish community, we believe that the world is imperfect. God could have made the perfect world. God could have made
everything work perfectly. But God didn’t. So this is our God-given task of repairing those things which need fixing. – Responsibilities of leadership is to have a vision, you
know, to maintain hope. – I would actually add to that, that the antithesis of faith is not
disbelief, but despair. To be faithful is to
be hopeful and to trust in God’s power and ability. – That’s a great message
for all of us, I think. Approach the future with hope. No matter what your take
on faith and religion, I think we can all agree
that there are some pretty amazing things about this planet that we need to hang onto. So talking to Seth, Jihad and Yonah, I actually expected there
to be more conflict. But it seems like everyone
agrees that we should all be good stewards to
the earth and play our part in leaving the world
better than we found it. (buzzing) Ah, a bee! Bees feel a little
first-drafty to me, Lord. I’m puttin’ bees right on
my list next to possums. Don’t you come near me, bees. ♫ Soul pancake I would love to know if faith plays a role in your relationship with the planet. Let me know in the comments using the hashtag #EarthIt

Otis Rodgers



  1. Hungry Boi Posted on August 31, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    First dislike

  2. NotMyRealName Posted on August 31, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    His eyes can't even coexist, let alone religion and science.

  3. Fernando Posted on August 31, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    Talk to a Baha'i about this subject. Very important conversation. Wonderful video.

  4. A1Cvenom Posted on August 31, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    No, most truly religious people aren't compatible with modern science.

  5. Ben Dover Posted on August 31, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    Why do some religious people reject science then use all the technology that science has provided for us that's something I never understood

  6. naseerahvj Posted on August 31, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    I'm Muslim the more I learn about science the stronger my faith is and the more I learn about my faith the more I love science.

  7. Reaper Wing Posted on August 31, 2017 at 2:46 pm

    Why am i here

    You tell me :3

  8. iDontFvckingKnow Posted on August 31, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    Why can't people believe in god but also believe in science. I dont believe religion and science are like oil and water

  9. Anurag ! Posted on August 31, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    Can religion and science coexist?Yeah.They already do.The question is are they compatible and the answer is no. Science and religion are opposites. The very foundation of science is based in evidence while the foundation of religion is faith. Faith requires you to believe without evidence while the scientific method urges you to not believe anything unless evidence compels you otherwise.

  10. Anurag ! Posted on August 31, 2017 at 2:58 pm

    Did the reverand just say that he believes that humans can't destroy the Earth? We're such a young species and we've already developed devastating nuclear weapons that can obliterate 99% of all life on Earth. It's scary to even imagine how powerful future weapons could be.

  11. Fares Asfary Posted on August 31, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    As a Muslim Ofc religion and science can live together and have no problems but my respect to everybody
    Atheists controlled many sections of science and the most section that they could control and fight religion with is Biology
    And I'm talking about Evolution but Evolution is not just a process it became a story and this story about the amoeba who evolved and another part that we share with monkeys a common ancestor before millions of years and we are a more intelligent and more sophisticated apes and this is the story of Evolution and atheists use it to fight religion and creationism
    I believe in the process of evolution but the story of evolution.. No pls
    Because the story is so weak and many evolutionists try to make the story a fact with the process but this is silly

  12. waam Posted on August 31, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    Religion's don't coexist.

  13. Yaliema Kickass Posted on August 31, 2017 at 3:11 pm

    Kkk can go make me a sandwish. Dump humpp

  14. Xäp 8 Posted on August 31, 2017 at 3:46 pm

    Great Video. My two cents, when speaking on any type of religion realize it is a system/structure created by humans. This ultimately leads to the fact that it will be imperfect. But this also leads to the reasoning that it will evolve, and grow just like science. While science is backed by "facts" these "facts" are in a sense temporary constructs to keep a theory or belief at the forefront until disproven. Christianity is backed by faith, love, and the bible, as we evolve as humans our understanding of this world and our God will also grow in correlation to the new minds and tools(ex.technology) that are presented in life.

    The real question is will it be possible to coexist peacefully with respects to both sides? Peace✌🏿️

  15. Love Posted on August 31, 2017 at 3:59 pm

    It's not about religion it's about love & subscribe to (last frontier medium) you will know the truth about the bible.

  16. tonyh16 Posted on August 31, 2017 at 4:06 pm

    Both are systems of thought that exist within a given paradigm. There is what is. Objective truth exists and it exists outside religion and sciences

  17. J Big Posted on August 31, 2017 at 4:12 pm

    How these are presented are not good representatives of God or His preserved word, the King Jesus Bible.

  18. Fowziah Posted on August 31, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    Eid mubark ❤️

  19. Dot Posted on August 31, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    Science and Religion is bullshit.

    Magic is where it's at 😎

  20. grancrackers 428 Posted on August 31, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    People get Science as a whole and evolution mixed up. Christians don't believe evolution, they believe in Creationism instead but still believe in the laws of nature and how everything is made of atoms etc.

  21. KunoichiN3rd Posted on August 31, 2017 at 5:53 pm

    This is like Earth Your While and Have a Little Faith put in one! Nicely done!! 🙂

  22. KunoichiN3rd Posted on August 31, 2017 at 5:58 pm

    #earthit I definitely see my responsibility to the earth as connected to my faith. Just like the Rabbi said, we are asked to be stewards. We were given this earth as a gift from God, and living on it just to trash it is like renting a car and returning it with scratches, low tires, an empty tank, and trash all inside! What a douchey thing to do!!

  23. kebarii kebarii kebari kebari Posted on August 31, 2017 at 6:08 pm

    you shoud know sceince b/c it is very important to know everything ,but do not blieve
    you have to blieve in God
    best rg.

  24. Rishabh Kumar Posted on August 31, 2017 at 6:20 pm

    Religions among themselves don't co exist let alone with Science

  25. Inannawhimsey Posted on August 31, 2017 at 7:58 pm

    Another fine example of agape

  26. DeceasedNebula Posted on August 31, 2017 at 8:06 pm

    Why is Rafi Fine interviewing these people? This manz doing religions react now

  27. jenjen Posted on August 31, 2017 at 10:33 pm

    Only if the word religon is known for its truth….only then will they coexist in peace and harmony….dogma is what will ruin the world….religous and political dogma….

  28. Brian Shaw Posted on September 1, 2017 at 1:12 am

    If only all religious people were this legit

  29. Little Ryu Posted on September 1, 2017 at 1:28 am

    God said let there be light! Then the Big Bang "Theory" happened 😉

  30. francisco444 Posted on September 1, 2017 at 2:05 am

    Religion: God this, God that, God is, God does…God.. God God God..

    Science: Problem > Data > Hypothesis > Experimentation. If a hypothesis is proven correct and verified multiple times then it becomes a contestant for a scientific theory.

  31. danica tutor Posted on September 1, 2017 at 3:12 am

    I couldn't agree more to this. very well said

  32. schwalbera Posted on September 1, 2017 at 4:04 am

    Thank you for this insightful discussion.

  33. naseerahvj Posted on September 1, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    Science and religion have co existed harmoniesly even with synergy in most of the world until somewhat recently in Christian Europe(I use recently relitively) in fact many scientists throughout history were religious. The idea that the two can not coexist it a rather recent one which has gained popularity and spread. Religious people who don't belive or respect science often don't understand it very well like the theory of evolution which I have found most people have many misunderstandings on.and scientists who are not able to see a value in or respect religion (or their religious coligues) often don't realize that you are encuraged to think ponder and ask questions. In fact Allah tells us in Quran to look at his creation and think deeply about it. Observing your envinroment and thinking deeply about it…. Sounds a lot like science to me. Ill leave it at that but when so many atheist scientists end up converting to islam and much of the basic science we build on today came out of the Muslim world you might want to observe and ask yourself if science and religion are as incompatible as you've been told your whole life. Just because some Christians have been trying to stop scientific progress to serve their own needs and control people does not mean all religious people do.

  34. SoulPancake Posted on September 1, 2017 at 9:34 pm

    Special thanks again to Rabbi Yonah Bookstein, Imam Jihad Turk, & Reverend Seth Pickens for coming together in this video with us!

  35. Vendrix Posted on September 2, 2017 at 12:58 am

    there are many scientists that become believers through their research. Not mutually exclusive…

  36. Osayande Imasuen Posted on September 2, 2017 at 4:27 am

    "God dosent change the circumstances of people unless they initiate that change". Okay I'm so where tf does god fit into that then

  37. Kate De Leon Posted on September 2, 2017 at 4:30 am

    "AgH a BeE!!!" – zachAhhhh zach kills me😂

  38. Gerenzo Posted on September 2, 2017 at 7:39 am

    Great video, bad title

  39. Drh210 Posted on September 2, 2017 at 10:02 am

    This was a wonderful video. It's nice to see that we can still get some prominent figures together without them all saying the other is wrong. And there are some things I know that contradict each other between the religious texts, so the first step is agreeing to discuss what it all means. Plus, Zach Anner is just one of the most forward and open thinking people I've ever listened to. I'm not religious myself, I believe science holds more of a path to progress, but there's no reason everything can't go hand in hand to make that progress happen. #earthit

  40. VerdeART Posted on September 2, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    They are cherry picking and interpreting from their books… on a personal level they might care for the environment, hope thats the way it is, but on a religious level? they care about their sheep…

  41. Animateddreamer Posted on September 11, 2017 at 11:29 pm

    Doesn't believe in evolution =/= doesn't believe in science, Christians have no problem with science it's literally one subject evolution, some Christians deny climate change but that's really not something they back up using the bible it's more like the rich wanting to keep their money or maybe I'm just missing something.

  42. Sumaiya Mahin Posted on September 12, 2017 at 4:55 am

    "bees feel a little first-drafty to me lord". lmao

  43. Elena Tan Posted on September 21, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    I love Zach Anner. He has such a shining pure soul, and is incredibly gifted in hosting interviews. Good on you Zach! Keep on rollin'!!

  44. alyssa Posted on September 25, 2017 at 9:54 pm

    Science actually proves a lot of things stated in the Bible . But the Bible says that we will not know everyone, that God does, so our theories about the Earth can't be simple facts ….but we can use what we do know for sure along with care for the environment and for the world God created for us to understand it better 🙂

  45. envie allen Posted on February 5, 2018 at 6:28 am

    religion should be removed from the earth

  46. JCrules Posted on September 15, 2018 at 9:37 am

    yep i am christian and science goes fine with that, confirms stuff 🙂

  47. Evan Coleman Posted on June 14, 2019 at 7:52 pm

    The only theory that religious people would argue with is ape to man evolution, but most Christians have learned to accept that. Other than that, theories like the dinosaurs, the Big Bang theory, black holes, the speed of light, the size of our stars, and the discovery of other planets and galaxies have no affect on our beliefs what so ever. I don’t know why people think there’s a conflict between the two. In fact, I even believe that there is life outside earth.