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Religion vs Science

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While reading the very fascinating explanation of the “Diagram of the tree of life” by Daniel Dennet, I read these words:

As our understanding of life’s history improves (by further discoveries in the fossil record and genetics), some of the branching relationships and times of common ancestors depicted on this tree of life will inevitably become outdated.

Here is, as I see it, the whole difference between Religion and Science. The first will never admit being wrong, nor accept correction, while the second ultimately only makes the arguments sounder by allowing criticism, rebuttals and, most importantly, the graciousness to say “OK, we were wrong on that count”.

That is what makes Science so exciting; It is constantly changing…or rather, our understanding is constantly changing.


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June 10, 2010 at 9:20 pm

“Six time 24 hours is too easy”

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Thursday 20 May, 2010, in the Trouw newspaper:

Ook bezint de bond zich nog op ’vragen rond schepping en evolutie’. Het Darwinjaar dat afgelopen jaar werd gehouden zorgde in hervormd-gereformeerde kring voor discussie en verwarring. ”We willen de zes scheppingsdagen niet loslaten, maar het is ook te gemakkelijk om te zeggen dat je er met zes keer 24 uur bent”, verwoordt voorzitter van de Gereformeerde Bond predikant Hans Lam de spagaat.

English Translation:

The Bond is still reflecting on “questions concerning creation and evolution.” The Darwin Year that was held last year, led to discussion and confusion within Reformed circles . “We do not to let go of the six days of creation, but it is also too easy to say that six times 24 hours would be realistic “, are the words Hans Lamb, chairman of the Union of Reformed Ministers, describes the “split” in which the Bond finds itself.

Loosely translated, “Gereformeerde Bond in de Protestantse Kerk in Nederland” would be the “Reformed Union of the Protestant Church in the Netherlands”. This society was formed in 1906 partly in response to a pastor, Louis Adriën Bähler, who had written that Christianity could learn a lot from Buddhism, a statement which, in the eyes of the “bond”, should have been criticized by the synod of the Reformed church, but wasn’t. this is such a clear example where we see the church fighting to hold onto any and every bit of church teaching, in the interest of not straying from the “true” faith, but unfortunately at the expense of believers who are shifting more and more towards a more scientifically supported understanding of how a god might possibly be at work in the world as we know it.

And what I always wonder, is where do these groups get their “inside” knowledge from? For in order to believe something for which there is little to no scientific support, one must make use of some other “source of knowledge”.

Written by Philoman

May 24, 2010 at 10:55 am

The “Queer universe” we inhabit – Richard Dawkins

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Queerer Than We Suppose: The strangeness of science,”

Richard Dawkins is Oxford University’s “Professor for the Public Understanding of Science.” Author of the landmark 1976 book, The Selfish Gene, he’s a brilliant (and trenchant) evangelist for Darwin’s ideas. In this talk, titled, “Queerer Than We Suppose: The strangeness of science,” he suggests that the true nature of the universe eludes us, because the human mind evolved only to understand the “middle-sized” world we can observe. (Recorded July 2005 in Oxford, UK. Duration: 22:42)

Written by Philoman

March 6, 2010 at 9:42 pm