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Date Posted: 01:44:58 05/27/04 Thu
Author: Tony Lang
Subject: Religion and Science

When Mike and I had our little thing over whether or not I accepted scientific evaluations by scientists that God was an unscientific concept, seeing I had a bit of a problem because over the term brainwashing being scientific concept. I did not respond because I thought it was a road that I did not wish to travel down.
Thinking about it I have changed my mind. On reflexion looking seriously at this might be profitable. Also if I did not tackle the subject I might be accused of running away. But a subject like this requires time to put ones thoughts together.
I have noted throughout my time in the church, we get a little uncomfortable we a well known scientist dismisses God as unscientific and very excited when the opposite happens which it frequently does.
This seems to suggest to me that subconsciously we accept the view that scientists are some sort of authority on the existence of God. This I think is a form of idolitary. It seems to my we are dealing with two entirely different subjects here. Two different roles. It is the role of science to explain how the world was created. (What is a scientist? They are just observers of matter) What is religion, surely is purpose is to explain WHY we are here. I consider the articles written by scientists, that Mike produced on this web site that were written to show the idea of God as unscientific to be irrelevant, as I dont consider scientists to have any more special authority on the subject than say shop assistants. We would not ask a scientist to predict the winner of the forth coming European Soccer Championships in Portugal would we?
Now I can see that my ideas are going to cause myself a few problems. If I reject the views of scientists who find the concept of God as unscientific on the grounds that they as scientists are not qualified to talk on this subject, I should also reject the views of the scientists that find the concept of God scientific. Maybe, but as I am not the Worlds most intellectually honest person, I have no intention of doing so.
It might make more interesting reading if Mike could produce gazzillions of articles on why shop assistants find the concept of God unscientic, or as in their case unsaleable.

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