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in response to reader comment: athiesm is a faith (not fact) based RELIGION

Submitted by Vicki (Canada), Jun 25, 2006 at 13:42

Hi, I just thought I'd comment on some of the claims you make about the scientific standpoint. I'm a science major at University so I fancy I know a little bit more about it.

First of all, you state "It is utterly unscientific to catagorically deny the existence of God just because God's existence cannot be proven. The theory of evolution is just that, likewise are so many other elements of scientific western thought (say in physics for example... the THEORY of relativity), this does not make it foolish to subscribe to these views."

According to a scientific standpoint, your first sentence is completely unfounded. It is the goal of science to objectively substantiate our hypotheses by means of unbiased empirical evidence. If empirical evidence cannot repeatedly prove the existence of something, then we cannot accept the hypothesis as true. End of story. There is no blind faith in science, if a claim cannot be proved to be true by experiements (either manipulative or comparative) numerous times and as conducted by many scientists, then the claim is not accepted. This is the goal of science, although there are many "bad" scientists that seem to think a theory is like a child (once they've brought it into the world, it must be kept alive at all costs!). Many times, theories seem legitmate until many years later when perhaps new technology arrives... and at this point, if new evidence becomes available that a theory is flawed, it is removed. There is no lamenting its loss.

Next, evolution has been proven. Attend a first year biology class at any university and there will be no denying this. Also, just because something is a theory, doesn't mean it hasn't been proven. There are millions of theories that have been proven and many that have been disproven... but the mere presence of the word "theory" is not a firm ground to state your criticism on.

In this sense I would say it is fair to say athiesm is more like science than faith. They, like us scientists say... okay, that's fine that you believe that, but show me proof. And just for the record, trying to dispute other theories does not add validity to your own. If you don't believe that evolution occurred, it doesn't add any more validity to the notion that God put us all here and we remain completely and utterly unchanged.

Show me proof,



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