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I received a  letter from a reader.

Dear MisterScienceAintSoBad,

My sister’s mad at me because she says I pick pick pick. Can’t help it though. She’s like my grandmother. God this and God that. God?  Don’t I have a right to challenge her dopey ideas? A-Boy

Dopey ideas? A-boy,  (I’m hoping the A stands for atheist and not a certain orifice) believers aren’t idiots (exceptions exist). They just believe in God.

It’s not a sin.

Doesn’t mean they DENY reality. They just have an extra one.

Most educated believers aren’t trying to prove Darwin wrong. Mostly, they know about fossils and other stuff that show how life evolved. Maybe they even know how the earth was formed out of cosmic dust over millions of years.

What about God? What about Genesis?

That too.

But you said..

Believe it or not, it is perfectly possible for an educated person to “get” the Big Bang – even string theory – and still open a bible once in a while. The interior of the human brain isn’t made for consistency.

Prayer and plain geometry. They can get along. Ask Isaac Newton – Hey –  Ask his spirit. Most people believe in God or something like. Even in Europe where religion’s less popular. Why is that hard? People believe. They want to. It feels good. It’s comforting. If I were you, I wouldn’t mess with it.

This makes me MISTER Science IS So Bad? I don’t think so. I’m just saying that it’s possible to be too literal minded. The human brain CAN have two different ideas at the same time. Most minds do. This is what we are and I’m sorry it’s messy.

This isn’t an apologia. There ARE plenty of zealots who say that the bible’s got all the wisdom we need and science just gets in the way; and there are uber-rationalists who wanna smack bibles out of the hands of the misguided.

A curse on BOTH their houses.

Or whatever.

Discussion about religion vs science  can be exasperating but it’s a chance for “worlds to collide”. Which isn’t such a bad thing if it’s done with respect. Science-minded folks need to have some respect for the very evolutionary processes that they defend. As human intellect evolved, there was a strong need to make sense of the world on a personal level. Science didn’t show up to add understanding until very late in the game. In the meantime, we needed something to make sense of the world. Religion did that for us. Today our religious heritage coexists in a delicate but, often sweet, tension with rational scientific thought.

MISTER ScienceAintSoBad says that’s okay.


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4 Responses to “GOD AND SCIENCE. MY VIEW.”

  1. Daniel Pincus

    Oh you knew I would respond! “Today our religious heritage coexists in a delicate but often sweet tension with rational thought.” Religion has “moral views” that are often obscene and are directly opposed to science and human suffering. Religion knows that stem cell research is a terrible thing. However, using a three day old blastocyst for research could save the lives of millions. Birth control is against religious principals and yet use of condoms could save thousands from AIDS and other STDs. Abortion is terrible sin, and yet birth control is against morals. However, family planning can save children being born into intolerable situations. Some religious folks are against HIV vaccine even though it can prevent cervical cancer, because women would be encouraged to have premarital sex if danger were removed. Don’t forget, HIV was believed to be the retribution for gay people leading an immoral life. Climate change deniers are convinced that god will take care of everything and that we should not interfere in his domain.

    Please don’t tell me that science and religion can co-exist.

  2. MISTER Science Ain't So Bad

    You don’t want to be thinking that way. Not when you’re outnumbered. :)

  3. Daniel Pincus

    Being out numbered is what scares me. Rational thought is being lost to religious dogma. By the way, the earth is not the center of the universe and the sun does not revolve around the earth.

  4. Waiting for God to solve climate change for us is like the old joke about the guy in the flood who waives off a firetruck, a lifeboat and a helicopter saying, “God will save me.” Finally the waters rush in, he drowns and winds up meeting God in heaven.

    “God,” he asks, “Why didn’t you save me?”

    “Whaddaya mean, I sent you a truck, a boat and helicopter!”

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