Class Warfare Blog

March 24, 2018

The War on Christianity, Again, Still?

Filed under: Religion,Science,Uncategorized — Steve Ruis @ 9:46 am
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Sometimes an ad is all it takes to get me thinking. This is a book ad I saw come up on BookBub:

Why Science Does Not Disprove God
By Amir D. Aczel
Does scientific advancement disprove the Bible? A renowned writer and mathematician says no — and argues that theories put forth by geniuses like Albert Einstein can actually bolster one’s faith in God!

At the same time I see myriad condescending questions on Quora website directed at atheists. My question is why all of the animosity from theists toward science? We are told that there is a War on Religion, a War on Christianity? If this is a war, it can only be a war as described by the Three Stooges. (Remember “The bazookas were bazooking: zook-zook!”) In reality, science does the  not give a rat’s ass about any gods, demigods, spooks, ghosts, demons, etc.

What I see is scientists doing science, but if a scientist achieves any prominence, especially in cosmology, or biology (hint: contains evolutionary theory), they are asked their opinion about god. Why on Earth would this question get asked of scientists when science has nothing to say about the topic? I suspect it is to show what atheistic, godless fiends scientists are, but that’s just a suspicion.

Many people point to the fact that most scientists are without religion. I argue that that is just a manifestation of education. The more educated you become, the less likely you are to be religious. It even holds true for divinity schools! I think that an education, any decent one, teaches you how to think and that leads to a rejection of religions, which ask you not to think.

The hurt and outrage of theists as to the damage science is doing to their fairy tales seems to be the cause. They seem to be constantly picking fights, then asking why we are so belligerent.

These are the same people who are claiming quantum theory proves god (it does not), or that the Big Bang theory proves god (it does not), or as in the book above why science does not disprove god (it does not because it has never tried). Often they get the science wrong, abysmally wrong. An amateur Christian apologist was wonder why, if the Theory of Evolution was a fact, at the top of every scientific article on evolution is the word “abstract.” Apparently the not very well learned apologist is not familiar with scientific publishing where the norm is to give a one paragraph (or at least short) summary of the article’s contents, called an abstract. This device allows busy scientists to figure out whether the article is worth a close reading. Logically, the heading for the abstract is “Abstract.” Sheesh.

Theists, listen, you gotta stop sending apologists to a gun fight with pea shooters; at least give them a knife or a real weapon.

I suspect that this fictional war being proclaimed on Fox News and elsewhere is due to a loss of prestige and deference religions used to have. There are so many people now who do not care about, or who actively question, these “rights” that religions traditionally have exercised that it is being noticed. And “tradition” is “just the way we have always done things” which therefore is hard on people when it changes. Data now show that religion is in decline in many areas of the globe and concomitantly in those areas in which religion is becoming less favored, the people are reporting to be happier. Could it be, as I am claiming, that religion is a tool of oppression, wielded by the elites to keep the masses in line, so their labor can be sucked off to the benefit of the religious and secular elites? Do you think?

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8 Comments »

  1. “why science does not disprove god (it does not because it has never tried)”
    Eh, science has disproved a lot of things that scientists weren’t specifically trying to, including a number of specific beliefs about gods.

    It hasn’t “disproved god” because “god” is a very broad category of concepts, some of which are vaguely or inconsistently defined in the first place.

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    Comment by D.T. Nova — March 24, 2018 @ 6:30 pm | Reply

    • I have made that point repeatedly. “God: the Supernatural Moving Target”

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — March 24, 2018 @ 7:53 pm | Reply

  2. It’s just a theory!

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    Comment by john zande — March 24, 2018 @ 7:24 pm | Reply

    • Don’t get me started … I’d have to write an abstract.

      ;o)

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — March 24, 2018 @ 7:54 pm | Reply

  3. God never lost an argument with an ant,don’t you know this fact? What’s the matter with you Steve?

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    Comment by Arkenaten — March 25, 2018 @ 4:27 am | Reply

    • “Oops, there goes another rubber tree …”

      :o)

      On Sun, Mar 25, 2018 at 4:27 AM, Class Warfare Blog wrote:

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — March 25, 2018 @ 7:32 am | Reply

  4. Wouldn’t it be spiteful of nature to let us experience only a fraction of it and then rip it away from us. Seeing that it operates over billions of years. What if there is more to nature in terms of the development of glorified body of some sort which you can obtain if you are lucky enough. What if the Bible just gives us bits and pieces.

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    Comment by Carl van Niekerk — June 28, 2018 @ 8:15 am | Reply

  5. The Bible does give us bits and pieces. But it is noteworthy that it gives nothing not available in the imagination of the time period in which it was written. No aliens are produced, no laser pistols, no aircraft, no television, no modern hygiene concepts, no medical procedures, etc. just things that would occur to someone of the time period, therefore no showing anything identifiable as new information. What is basically being claimed is that the supernatural exists but there is no evidence for that. Sure, some can claim that fact is because the supernatural is outside our ken, but if that is true and it has no effect on the natural, we can never know anything about it. What is being claimed is that supernatural beings are having an effect on our natural world and hence these events have physical consequences and can be studied. Every study of supernatural caused natural events has come up empty (zero, zilch, nada), so where does the claim for supernatural beings and events rest? Clearly such things rest on a bed of imagination and nothing else. For those who claim that such things rest upon “feelings” then I must ask on what basis these feelings are interpreted? They are always interpreted based upon prior biases and not simply for what they are.

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    Comment by Steve Ruis — June 28, 2018 @ 8:29 am | Reply


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