Originally posted by Andrew Hamilton
how would that relate to religion?
its quite simple, take for example a simple religious idea, that Fabian mentioned above, miracles. In scripture, they are always almost matter of fact, especially the miracles of Christ, there is no sensationalism, nothing, he simply states, pick up your bed and walk, and the recipient picks up his bed and walks away healed. Now the argument is, that miracles are out with the natural laws of nature, therefore if it can be demonstrated scientifically that 'unusual things may be observed when elements are subject to unusual circumstances', then it can be established that there is a basis that this same theory, may be "interpreted" to apply to the phenomena of miracles themselves, for they may also have been subject to unusual or peculiar circumstances, thus if we can establish that no one can assume or insist that the familiar laws of nature hold true everywhere and at all times then this also establishes a basis for miracles
for example scientists are willing to speculate on whether, instead of the familiar three dimensions of length, breadth, and height, there may be many additional dimensions in the universe. They theorize on the existence of black holes, huge stars that collapse in on themselves until their density is virtually infinite. In their vicinity the fabric of space is said to be so distorted that time itself stands still. also many have even debated whether, under certain conditions, time would run backward instead of forward!
Even the illustrious Stephen W. Hawking, said: “In the classical theory of general relativity . . . the beginning of the universe has to be a singularity of infinite density and space-time curvature. Under such conditions, all the known laws of physics would break down.” So again no one can state that simply because something is contrary to the natural laws of nature it can never happen. In unusual conditions, unusual things may happen. All anyone can state with any certainty, that there is a probability.
thus we can see how scientific theories may be interpreted into the realm of spirituality, of course it proves nothing, but it weaves like a kind of fabric, a tapestry if you like, that when taken together with other sources, contributes to an individuals faith.
even the data itself as in the case of actual experiments may be interpreted in this way, but i have said enough and don't want to bore you excessively.