RE: MD On Faith

From: Mark Steven Heyman (
Date: Tue Oct 12 2004 - 01:34:43 BST

  • Next message: Platt Holden: "RE: MD On Faith"

    On 11 Oct 2004 at 18:02, Platt Holden wrote:
    As Scott as pointed out several times, orthodox theology has evolved
    over the years in light of new knowledge. But, it's faith in a
    spiritual presence hasn't changed from the beginning. Similarly,
    science has evolved in the light of new knowledge. But it's faith in
    naturalism hasn't changed from the beginning. It will not allow an
    unmeasurable creative power, like DQ, into it's explanations.

    msh says:
    Science can't make room for anything unmeasurable or otherwise
    physically undetectable; if it did it wouldn't be science. It's
    simply wrong to say that science denies God; Science has nothing to
    say about God except, insofar as the concept has any meaning at all,
    there is no scientific basis for believing in a supreme being of any
    kind. This doesn't mean that one, or more, doesn't exist.

    As long as religion insists that God is unmeasurable, the two realms
    of thought will be concerned with mutually exclusive domains. The
    only time religion and science come into conflict is when religious
    people seek for their beliefs the imprimatur of science (or math or
    logic). The interesting social and psychological question, at that
    point, is why they desire this stamp of approval.


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