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Dave all men of Faraday and Newtons days were religious.
All men or nearly all men before modern geology and the true age of Earth was discovered.
Before the bones of the hominids were found and evolution was prove a reality, believed in the bible and all men sought to verify those things written.
But what we found was modern geology the true age of Earth and evolution , all in conflict to the scriptures. If Faraday lived today,,he wouldn't have the same religious zeal , nor would Newton. They sadly did not have access to the knowledge we do today.
But they were the pioneers to teaching us how to find out the things they did not yet know.
For this they are great men, the great thing about Faraday, is he without an education learned to use the scientific method to discover many things. He used experimentation to come to many foundations of modern physics. Even Einstein admired this, but even Einstein was disappointed in what he discovered about the nature of reality.
Where did they get their education, these men of those times?
I've posted a few times about the church collecting the knowledge of days past, the heathen writings of the greeks, Roman, and even the Middle East and setting up the insitutes of higher learning that brough Europe out of the Dark Ages caused by the fall of the Roman Empire.
Now, you were saying religion stifles science?
Now a scientist can't even quesion global warming or other holy proclamations of the gatekeepers of approved scientific thought.