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Science, Atheism and Religion

Science, Atheism and Religion.

Will Science ever find God?

There are many things that science does not yet understand, even things science does not know it does not understand, yet. So could not God fall into this category or is it as Stephen Jay Gould terms it a Non-overlapping magisteria (NOMA) The net, or magisterium, of science covers the empirical realm: what is the universe made of (fact) and why does it work this way (theory). The magisterium of religion extends over questions of ultimate meaning and moral value. These two magisteria do not overlap... To cite the old cliches, science gets the age of rocks, and religion the rock of ages; science studies how the heavens go, religion how to go to heaven.

Where should we turn?

While I agree the very idea of science dictating right and wrong is at the least dubious. Why would we presume that religion can. Which religion would we choose anyway as there is very little agreement between them, should we choose the one that proclaims the death penalty for adultery or picking up sticks on the sabbath or should we pick and choose those moral codes which suite us best, in this case why not cut out the middle man and be responsible for our own values without the need for religion at all.

Was Newton religious?

Yes, he certainly was. People often accuse me of placing myself above the thoughtful mind of Isaac Newton. I am superior to Newton in some ways but not in others. It is a very bad statement of argument used by the religious to accuse one of placing oneself above the mind of a famous scientist. Religious people admire particular characters of scientific fame and renown to cause their listener to be subjected to their religious belief, and through this are stating 'How can you place yourself above Newton?' or any other name they prefer to use.

Darwin was not a God-believer.

Darwin was not a religious crank, despite the often told description of his alleged death-bed conversion. Darwin has greatly influenced the scientific and academic world, is and shall remain, one of the foremost influential influences over all thinking humanity. Anyone who tells you Darwin was converted to religion when he died is a liar. There is no proof whatever that tale about him is true. Even before Darwin a man named James Haught in his book '2000 years of disbelief' subtitled 'Famous people with the courage to doubt' demonstrated not every scientist and philosopher of renown believed god or gods existed. After Darwin gave to the world the facts of evolution many scientists and other  people of renown continued to hold some religious belief.

Some scientists do believe in god.

As humanity makes progress scientists who hold religious belief become fewer and fewer. In Great Britain some few well-known scientists profess they have sincere religious faith, and I think of names like Stannard, Polkington and Peacocke are the most notable. yet as all three are winners of the Templeton Prize or are on the Board of Trustees of the Templeton Foundation, one could hardly attribute unbiased belief to any of them. That Foundation is an organisation that promotes religious faith and anyone of renown who says nice things about religion. Thoughtful academics of science or any other notable subject have greater influence and prove atheism is becoming more popular. If one believes something is true then evidence appears to clearly demonstrate it is untrue, then one must accept it. No-one with fundamental belief as a creationist could agree with that. Their faith is true and NO evidence to the contrary could persuade them to accept otherwise.

Honest scientists?

Some exist within the scientific and academic community who are constantly - always politely! - subject to the puzzled amusement of their equals. Some scientists profess religious belief but no doubt must be guilty of privately admitting to their atheism. The educated, intelligent classes are far less likely to endorse  truth in any religious belief. Religion is an evil that presents those who believe in the existence of god from accepting scientific evidence is true. One can believe something is true only if realistic evidence supports it. If one believes something is true then evidence appears to support it. Christians say their holy bible is true - but that only refers to some of the 'nice' parts. The wierd and ridiculous parts they refer to as being allegorical or symbolic - in plain and simple words, - UNTRUE.