Category: science

I admit some of the questions raised in your p…

I admit some of the questions raised in your posts are worth thinking over, both for Christians and atheists. But most of them are just provocations that could be easily refuted, like all the ones suggesting that science and God exclude each other. I love how atheists think they can "enlighten" those poor people who still believe.

well, science and god do not exclude each other only in the sense that no one can disprove a non-testable “god” hypothesis. but there is also no need to disprove something that has never been proven (”i feel god in my heart” is not a valid proof)

on another page: science and the giant, gods-killing superomnipotent invisible squirrel also do not exclude each other. what you probably don’t know is that the giant, gods-killing superomnipotent invisible squirrel has already killed all gods, including yours. so unless you can disprove the giant, gods-killing superomnipotent invisible squirrel, your god does not exist. even if you can prove it does not exist, the same proof will be applicable to your god.

yes, logic can be a bitch, it even kills gods, sorry

that aside, let’s look at the options for a believer:

option one:
geology, biology, chemistry, physics, etc. have disproven scripture numerous times. trying to stick to both, science and religion, will leave you with a huge amount of cognitive dissonance. therefore mostly fundamental believers then just go into ignorance mode and state that science is wrong.

option two:
usually the choice of moderate believers is to flee in the god-of-the-gaps mode. they accept that there are scientific facts and ignore their “holy” scripture for that part. so they shift what they call god in the gaps where science has not yet disproven their belief.

conclusion:
scientific evidence contradicts religious claims. reality can be harsh but will not rearrange itself for the believer. you can choose between fairy tales and reality, but you can’t have both.

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Atheism is a conclusion, not a belief. Science…

Atheism is a conclusion, not a belief. Science is a method, not a faith. Skepticism is critical thinking, not blasphemy.

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religion-is-a-mental-illness: From: Evolution….

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From: Evolution.

[It’s] important to understand what a scientific theory is.

Outside science, people often use the word “theory” to refer to a hunch or unsupported personal opinion. This is not what the word means in science.

In science, a theory refers specifically to a well-substantiated explanation which accounts for a body of well-substantiated facts.

So, whenever we encounter a statement like “evolution is just a theory – not a fact”, this tells us that whoever’s made the statement is not using the terms correctly.

In science, theories don’t get promoted to facts; facts are explained by theories. Because of their explanatory power, theories are the ultimate goal and the ultimate achievement in the sciences of nature.

If you don’t even understand this, then there’s no point talking to you.

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Can't we have theism and religion AND edu…

Can't we have theism and religion AND education, reason, and free and critical thinking and science?

This is a great question. Thank you for asking.

To be clear, we do have all of these things. I think what you may have been trying to ask was whether they can exist in harmony instead of being in opposition. 

Bottom line, no.

Let’s look at an obvious example. The Bible (as well as many other religions) gives an account of how the Earth was formed. In no way, shape, or form does it match with scientific evidence. The proof we have in front of our eyes in radically different than the story in the Bible. That story has zero proof.

Take the idea of Karma for example. There is not a molecule of evidence to suggest that any such force or system exists. It goes against the definition of reason to believe in such things.

Once the scientific method was developed it changed the very nature of how we discuss, debate, investigate, and live. There is an unspoken rule to truth: Put up or shut up, prove it or drop it, see for yourself. No amount of passionate insistence or vows of honesty can ever alter reality or overturn undeniable evidence.

Education is the act of passing along what is known, not what is wished. It is teaching the absolute best methods of discovery along with strict adherence to reason. To allow unfounded claims of faith and myth into the realm of education is to lie and deceive. We cannot accept claims indistinguishable from fantasy to be legitimized along with hard evidence.

For the simple fact that both deism and religion completely lack any hard evidence, and indeed all evidence we have is in opposition to their claims, reason and science can never be in harmony with religion.

Reality is persistent and unforgiving. Like the harsh truth that children will never be sprinkled with fairy dust and fly among the stars, gods, angels, saints, and miracles will never suddenly become real.

Thanks for your question. Feel free to send more.