Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Science & Religion:

The recent pro-science decision in Dover leads me to assert:

1) Evolution and belief in the supernatural -- "God," "Religion," etc. -- are compatible;

2) Evolution and the Christian Religion, and *certain* readings of the Bible are compatible;

3) Evolution and *certain* readings of the Bible -- for instance, young Earth creationism -- are not compatible.

4) There is far more scientific evidence in favor of evolution than YEC.

5) If there is a conflict between science and religion on a particular matter, science trumps. And it's up to religious people to modify their views to be consistent with science, not vice versa. People used to believe, as a matter of religion, that Apollo (or was it Helios?) pulled the Sun around the Earth with his magic horse. Science has since disproved this. Rational people are under no obligation to take seriously such flat-Earth like notions.

6) If God does exist and evolution is true, then He/She/It is a God who plays dice with the universe and manipulates probabilities and chance. And since miracles (a break in the laws of science like parting the Red Sea or turning Lot's wife into Salt) have never been proven by credible evidence or recorded in a lab tested environment, God doesn't break the laws of science when He intervenes; God only manipulates probabilities.

7) Point #6 doesn't belong in a science class, and even though I suspect it is true, I think it would be damn arrogant of me to try to get such a theory introduced into science education.

Where am I going wrong here?

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