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The unaccommodating truth,
This review is from: God and the Folly of Faith (Paperback)
Now that the New Atheist cause has started succeeding in converting people to a naturalistic way of determining truth, there are those who think it should now back off. And that the scientists who sign up to the cause should still try to reconcile faith and religion so that religious youngsters aren't put off science. The only problem, as the peerless Stenger shows, is that it's just not true.
Stenger's premise is that religion marries with science only if the claims of the major religions (e.g the need for a god to create the universe) are not scientifically disprovable. And they are clearly are disprovable and disproven, as he shows.
It's a book which deserves to be treated a leading tome on the subject, written by the best-selling Stenger, a New Atheist Titan. It's highly readable and informative.
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Initial post: 31 Aug 2012 00:40:45 BDT
rd's barmy army says:
In reply to an earlier post on 29 Sep 2012 12:09:01 BDT
Joe Chip says:
I've heard that before, but I've yet to see anyone manage to substantiate the claim. Of course, Stenger's assertions aren't faith based. The fact that he provides evidence to support his position blows that muddle-headed idea out of the water.
In reply to an earlier post on 15 Oct 2012 07:10:30 BDT
Last edited by the author on 15 Oct 2012 07:14:30 BDT
F Henwood says:
At rd's barmy army:
A bloke called Felix Baumgartner just jumped out of a balloon from the edge of space.
Did he make a leap of blind faith when he did so? Of course he didn't! He and his team applied science to plan the whole thing down to the last detail.
I get sick and tired with people trying to undermine the validity of the scientific method by claiming that the latter is as much of a faith position as religion. Baumgartner put their 'faith' in science in the sense of a confidence well-founded in reason in being able pull the stunt off. That is wholly different from blindly trusting any old proposition that is not supported by a shred of verifiable evidence - like the claim that a man was born to a virgin and was raised from the dead.
The irony is doubled when such tripe is trotted out from a computer, a machine that depends on harnessing the laws of electromagnetism in order to function! You doubtless do not believe that your machine merely runs on magic or some supernatural force but from harnessing wholly natural forces.
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