Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Science has an Agenda!

The "Science vs. Religion debate" is a very popular topic in social media nowadays.  Science and religion, no matter what some people say, obviously conflict with each other in some areas.  The question religious people need to answer is, do I accept where the evidence collected from scientists leads us or do I accept what my fellow religious adherents believe whether their views conflict with science or not?  I, for one, choose to follow where the evidence leads me.  Of the two (science and religion), science is the one that consistantly comes up for the best models of how the world works, finds the most answers, and adds to our ever-increasing knowledge of the universe.  What has religion accomplished?  Catholicism was responsible for the Dark Ages and the Roman Inquisition confined Galileo Galilei (one of the fathers of modern science) to house arrest for the last 10 years of his life because he said that the Earth was not the center of the universe.  The Middle East used to be the most scientifically advanced region in the world during the Middle Ages, but now many Islamic sects have many anti-scientific views (i.e. Creationism, distorted views of the comsos, rejection of evolution as a scientific theory, etc.).  Scientology, ironically, has ideas about the universe so far from reality, I must insert a quotation from wikipedia:

In the OT levels, Hubbard explains how to reverse the effects of past-life trauma patterns that supposedly extend millions of years into the past. Among these advanced teachings is the story of Xenu (sometimes Xemu), introduced as the tyrant ruler of the "Galactic Confederacy." According to this story, 75 million years ago Xenu brought billions of people to Earth in spacecraft resembling Douglas DC-8 airliners, stacked them around volcanoes and detonated hydrogen bombs in the volcanoes. The thetans then clustered together, stuck to the bodies of the living, and continue to do this today. Scientologists at advanced levels place considerable emphasis on isolating body thetans and neutralizing their ill effects. (Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scientology#Space_opera_and_confidential_materials)

By the way, yes Scientologists, I am making fun of your beliefs.  Feel free to sue me if you please!

The point is that religions around the world have conflicting views and cannot be simultaneously correct.  Additionally, find me the series of claims from a specific religion that is consistent with scientific findings before science discovered them and I will be impressed.  Science and religion are not compatible.  Some people realize that science and their religious views about the universe do not coincide and therefore attempt to assert that "Science has an agenda in which they won't support anything that has to do with religion!"  This is utterly false.  If a scientist found concrete evidence for the existence of, let's say, God.  Imagine the hundreds of thousands of dollars in research money and grants that scientist would be getting from the Vatican, various protestant denominations, Mormans, etc.  If I was a scientist, finding the proof of the existence of a god or evidence that lends credence to a specific religion would be monumental to my career!  The reason that scientific views are not compatible with religious ones is because there is no extrabiblical or scientific evidence for most religious views!!  There isn't an agenda; finding evidence of a religious nature would be incorporated into our understanding of the natural world and would eventually be accepted by virtually all scientists if the research was accurate and compelling.  However, none is being found.

Please e-mail me at brbailey@umd.edu or leave a comment below!  Have an awesome day!  

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