Thursday, 12 February 2009
Reconciliation? (Part Three)
Now that I've dealt with Giberson's questions, I want to turn to the question that started it all - can we reconcile science and faith?
In a word, no.
Science is the process of setting aside preconceptions and assumptions and getting to the actual data and evidence to figure out the world.
Faith is the process of holding onto preconceptions and assumptions against all evidence to cling to made up stories about the world.
Science deals with empirical data.
Faith is purely made up.
Science is about rationally studying the world.
Faith is about abandoning reason.
Science is a way of actually knowing something about the world, and it actually works.
Faith is purported to be a way of knowing about the world, but has yet to show any success.
I don't see any way to reconcile what looks, to me, like completely disparate things.