Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Quote Of The Moment

I really liked this thought from Gus Van Horn, in his post called Religion vs Nanotechnology:

Science, as I have noted numerous times in the past, is not a worldview and cannot, dependent as it is on certain underlying philosophical principles, provide a philosophical alternative to religion.


Yes. This is a common error--science versus religion. The same kind of error underlies that tendency by the MSM or pseudo-philosophers to lump all atheists together as a philosophical or even political "movement," as if having a common view concerning the existence of a deity or deities somehow unites us philosophically.

Just thought that was an interesting observation.

2 comments:

piscesgrrl said...

And how about homeschoolers? We get lumped in together and frankly, I've yet to meet two of us the same. Even my unschooling friends and I differ in some key areas.

MamaJen said...

Hmmm...the same way that some people seem to lump all religious people together (calling us all "evil, Bible-thumping men", among other insults, according to Gus Van Horn), despite how different we can be?

For instance - an article Mr. Van Horn references in the post of his you point to, refers to Christian Scientists as a "mainstream movement" - which is laughable. (See http://www.adherents.com/Na/Na_157.html#941 and http://www.adherents.com/adh_branches.html#Christianity) ) Best estimates, as far as I can tell, there are around 100,000 Christian Scientists in the world in 1997, compared to, for instance, the largest Christian denomination - well over 1 billion Catholics world-wide, currently. Any movement which is around 0.001% of the largest Christian "denomination" is *not* what I would call "mainstream"! And to say that Christian Scientists and Catholics have much of anything in common is a terrible error!

I actually agree with a fair amount of what you, and the referenced article by Mr. Van Horn, says. Science vs. religion need not be an adversarial relationship, and making it so is a common mistake made by many, both in the MSM and in some Christian and other religious denominations. But as a devoutly religious, college-trained scientist, I will tell you that completely separating science from philosophy, or religion, is misguided, if not impossible!