Our Scientific Journey

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There are so many creationists who speak of science scornfully, as if it is the enemy of humanity… they try to hold their religious “knowledge” up by calling science “atheistic, naturalistic, historical, or modern”. But how do they not realize what science is? How do they not realize that religion had millennia, and did nothing for us? They are desperate and scared, and they should be – religion has no answers… and science has been supplanting it for centuries. And because of science, the final demise of the “god of the gaps” is now in sight.

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7 COMMENTS

  1. The more we find out about the universe, the more wondrous it becomes to us, and our not knowing how it is that the universe should be there at all only makes it all the more wondrous. A genuine, fundamental mystery like this is good for our moral development, not least because of the intellectual humility it instills, banishing any complacency and making us hungry for knowledge and understanding and keeping us openminded to any new possibilities. We are enveloped in a marvelous mystery, which humankind chips away at for its many purposes such as to secure what it needs for life and happiness. To contemplate this mystery and survey it in nature is alone reason enough to get out of bed each morning and rejoice in another day of life. Frankly, attempting to explain this mystery by saying something as vacuous as “God created the universe” (as though ‘God’ referred to something we knew) only has the effect of obscuring it.

  2. Wonderful! I am impressed by the comment written by Garrick Worthing.He says,”God created the universe” (as though ‘God’ referred to something we knew) only has the effect of obscuring it.” Oh ! that is that.You have hit the point mr.Worthing.I appreciate your writing.

  3. There are so many creationists who speak of science scornfully, as if it is the enemy of humanity… they try to hold their religious “knowledge” up

    The sad truth is that many theists are still so scientifically ignorant that they remain egocentric (a childish feature), homocentric (humans are god’s great achievement in her image), geocentric (the Earth is still the centre of god’s universe) and have no concept of the scale or complexity of the physics of the Universe.

    It is all overwhelming magic!

    The whole of nature is awesome, but a creationists understanding of “awe and wonder”, is sticking their oar of incredulity, into a scientific discussion, and having educated people laugh at them!

    (It’s just those ignorant scientists who cannot recognise [allegedly] that the view of the whole theist universe, can be seen and understood, from the view-point of a head tucked into a nice shiny reflective woo-bucket, – without external material distractions!)

  4. For fundamentalists and creationists the beauty of nature is only superficial. Look too closely at the fabric and for them its beauty has vanished. The rainbow is mere cloth, the numbers in its warp and weft, not even dust.

    Rainbows have a point, the reflected glory of God, and to look behind that point is to be gauche or ungrateful.

    • In reply to #4 by phil rimmer:

      For fundamentalists and creationists the beauty of nature is only superficial. Look too closely at the fabric and for them its beauty has vanished. The rainbow is mere cloth, the numbers in its warp and weft, not even dust.

      Rainbows have a point, the reflected glory of God, and to look behind that point is to be gauche or ungrateful.

      So true Phil, they don’t actually want to know how it works. That would burst their little bubble.

  5. Both science and “faith” have evolved in time. Before the advancements of scientific discovery, faith in a supreme being, or ultimate “cause,” was a natural link in the human evolutionary chain. How else could man explain and come to grips with the mysteries of the natural world? It was much simpler to attribute the mysteries to a Creator God than it was to actually determine how it worked in a scientific way. When the Galileos of the scientific community reported their observations the religionists of the time lagged way behind in their acceptance of scientific theory, but eventually evolved in their thinking to the point where the Inquisition was abandoned and torture and martyrdom were no longer practiced. Religion still lags far behind today. But there is a huge difference between a quiet, individual, and personal faith in an “intelligent” Source and fundamentalist, sectarian creationism/religion. The former is capable of FULLY embracing the scientific community and the totality of its discoveries both through experimentation and observation–just as any scientist or atheist would do. In short, just because one chooses to believe in a primary, intelligent, supreme Cause above and beyond it all, it doesn’t equate to ignorance and stupidity. There are many true scientists out there that have made tremendous contributions to the scientific communtity that fall into this category.

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