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#1 Aug 13, 2007
“Free your mind”
Since: Sep 07
#2 Sep 13, 2007
From the article: "Let us never fear the Goliath of science in the battle for truth."
The Goliath of science? You've got to be kidding me, as if science is the enemy of religion, or more pointedly,'truth,' as the statement says. Science is completely neutral and is neither in opposition nor does it pose to uphold any faith-based beliefs. That is not the concern of science. Science is concerned with finding out HOW things work, NOT with any philosophical questions of why. Science is rooted in truth through facts and findings; faith is not. That is why it is called faith.
If one's faith seems to be threatened by any scientific finding, then that faith can't have been rooted in truth to begin with, for it is weak. Faith is believing although one doesn't have proof; science is the study of the natural world through proven facts. They are complete opposites, but not in opposition to each other until religion rears its ugly head and wants to push us back to the dark ages where we can all think the whole universe revolves around us. Religion is the enemy of science because it has held back much TRUTH and information from the masses for centuries now. People were burned at the stake for saying the earth revolved around the sun and that the stars are other suns just like ours, eventhough they were telling the TRUTH based on SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE.
Science is NOT the enemy of religion, and never poses to be. Any reasonably rational person can reconcile a belief in a deity with scientific knowledge. No, one can not reconcile science with ANY of the religious texts, for petesake, the people didn't know any better back when these texts were written. But if one's beliefs are relegated to any particular text as being the inerrant word of any god, well then that just isn't rational at all.
For example, people still use the Bible even in this day and age to argue that the earth is flat with four corners, and they believe this because they view the Bible as the literal and inerrant word of God. The Koran states that Mohammed broke the moon in two and that the moon has a crack to prove it; its followers believe this as fact. It is all fiction.
Of course, all religious texts have some good morals and lessons to be learned and lots of great philosophical meanderings. But to take any of the allegorical stories as literal truth, is intellectually dishonest. To want to teach religious myths as facts in schools is just ludicrous. Do we really want our children to learn that the earth is flat, and hangs in the sky by an invisible string? That may have made for great education 2 or 3 thousand years ago. But why deny all the discoveries that have been made since these texts were written?
“Free your mind”
Since: Sep 07
#3 Sep 13, 2007
Also, as for hell, the modern concept didn't even come about until Dante wrote 'Inferno.' Before that, hell was viewed as a cold, dark and damp place.
The heat concept and hell's (though it was called the netherworld among other things) being under the ground somewhere in some ancient cultures, came from the actuality of volcanoes and the molten lava that flows beneath the surface of the earth waiting to devour those outside the volcano with its liquid heat.
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