Archive for November, 2006

Scientists v Religion
November 28, 2006

In the 18 November 2006 issue of New Scientist, a four-page article reports that 85% of scientists “do not believe in a personal God” and that at a symposium in La Jolla entitled “Beyond Belief: Science, religion, reason and survival” they considered whether “science should do away with religion.” Apparently, many of them thought it should and could.

About twenty years ago, a group of scientists, led by the “humanist” Nobel Prize laureate Carl Sagan, signed a resolution declaring that astrology was worthless.

I can’t understand such nonsense. These are neither science-based nor scientifically sound judgments. I’m disappointed that people who consider themselves scientists should make such opinionated, groundless declarations.

For the record, I’m a Christian and secular humanist, and I don’t believe real religion can be communicated or evaded.

By “Christian,” I don’t mean what most Christians mean, assuming the vast majority disagrees with my beliefs. This is, of course, true of all Christians. And by “secular humanist,” I don’t mean atheist, which is how some people use the term. But they abuse both words, in my opinion. I am simply pro-humanism in the secular sense (as well as the religious sense, but that’s another story).

I have much to say on the subject, but will put it off for now.