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05-01-2016, 01:11 PM
RE: Fundamentalism and Science
(05-01-2016 09:46 AM)Chas Wrote:  
(05-01-2016 09:14 AM)Mr. Boston Wrote:  Agree with the premise that IF the universe, earth, and humans are all the work of a divine architect, he/she/it couldn't possibly condemn us for using our intellects to our advantage.


Unless human intelligence is an unforeseen outcome and the divine architect is like "What the fuck? How do I kill off this infection?"

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05-01-2016, 02:17 PM
RE: Fundamentalism and Science
(05-01-2016 01:11 PM)pablo Wrote:  
(05-01-2016 09:46 AM)Chas Wrote:  Unless human intelligence is an unforeseen outcome and the divine architect is like "What the fuck? How do I kill off this infection?"

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05-01-2016, 03:26 PM
RE: Fundamentalism and Science
(05-01-2016 09:46 AM)Chas Wrote:  Unless human intelligence is an unforeseen outcome and the divine architect is like "What the fuck? How do I kill off this infection?"

You make a good point. I once nearly gave a theist a heart attack by stating that if there is a god there's nothing to indicate we're anything to him at all besides a fungus growing on some chicken salad in the back of his refrigerator; no intent, no design, but rather something that occurred entirely without his knowledge and as a result of his laziness.
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05-01-2016, 03:32 PM
RE: Fundamentalism and Science
(05-01-2016 03:26 PM)Mr. Boston Wrote:  
(05-01-2016 09:46 AM)Chas Wrote:  Unless human intelligence is an unforeseen outcome and the divine architect is like "What the fuck? How do I kill off this infection?"

You make a good point. I once nearly gave a theist a heart attack by stating that if there is a god there's nothing to indicate we're anything to him at all besides a fungus growing on some chicken salad in the back of his refrigerator; no intent, no design, but rather something that occurred entirely without his knowledge and as a result of his laziness.

I can interpret that in a positive direction actually. Is that a bad thing?

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05-01-2016, 04:27 PM
RE: Fundamentalism and Science
(05-01-2016 03:32 PM)Noric Wrote:  
(05-01-2016 03:26 PM)Mr. Boston Wrote:  You make a good point. I once nearly gave a theist a heart attack by stating that if there is a god there's nothing to indicate we're anything to him at all besides a fungus growing on some chicken salad in the back of his refrigerator; no intent, no design, but rather something that occurred entirely without his knowledge and as a result of his laziness.

I can interpret that in a positive direction actually. Is that a bad thing?

What's to interpret? Consider
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05-01-2016, 05:27 PM
RE: Fundamentalism and Science
(05-01-2016 08:42 AM)Noric Wrote:  Now I'm gonna start off by saying I don't know jack shit about deep philosophy, science, or religion really, at least comparatively. But there's a qualm I've always had with the science denying flavor of fundamentalism. Now I'm a theist to a certain degree, but if by some off chance we were put here, we're obviously also supposed to survive. So using that basic concept, isn't it kinda... ass backwards do deny the understanding and continuing study of the earth and environment and universe around us to better use it to our advantage and prolong the survival of our species, even based on religious doctrines? What are you guys thoughts on this? I can clarify if anything I said was vague. I tend to do that...

Hi Noric. Welcome to the forum. I have to say, you don't sound like the theists that we typically get around here. And yes, that is meant as a compliment.

To keep a long story short, fundamentalism and science are opposing world views. Fundamentalism is dogmatic. It begins and ends with Divine Truth. You don't ask questions because questioning Divine Truth is equivalent to questioning God Allmighty and will get you burnt at the stake for heresy.

By contrast, science is a system for asking questions and getting (1) answers and (2) a whole lot more questions. Looked at one way, science is systematic and repeated heresy. It's also exceptionally effective, which is more than a little embarassing for fundamentalism.

And no, I couldn't tell you why somebody would willingly turn their turn their brains off. I'm the sort that gets himself burnt at the stake.

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05-01-2016, 06:11 PM
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People are afraid of things that are beyond their control, so they tell themselves happy, fluffy narratives to drown out the deafening indifference of the world around them.

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05-01-2016, 06:38 PM
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If a god does exist, then it isn't concerned with our survival or our well being. The world looks very much like a world in which there are no magical solutions to poverty, homelessness, starvation, disease, genocide, etc.

Denying science is denying observation.
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05-01-2016, 06:45 PM (This post was last modified: 05-01-2016 07:01 PM by Noric.)
RE: Fundamentalism and Science
(05-01-2016 06:38 PM)Rahn127 Wrote:  If a god does exist, then it isn't concerned with our survival or our well being. The world looks very much like a world in which there are no magical solutions to poverty, homelessness, starvation, disease, genocide, etc.

Denying science is denying observation.
Fundies is where fun dies and religion engulfs your critical thinking.

A thought... if this God exists as omniscient, should it then be unavoidably aware of our existence? That would lend itself to a pretty cruel version of God (that's if you don't already think he's cruel as is), one that is by definition aware, but willfully uncaring. I can understand a lot of distaste with the supreme deity concept from that perspective.

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05-01-2016, 06:59 PM
RE: Fundamentalism and Science
When I was a theist my reasoning was that whether God existed or not the universe would still be the way it was. God can still exist and the bible would still be wrong. There as no connection between the truth of scripture and its existence. So even if God exists the geologic column is still a thing, evolution is still true, etc.

Fundamentalists don't understand this. They believe that scripture must be infallible in order for God to exist. They even state this. It's an odd form of heresy and idolatry. It shows a theological and historical ignorance that is stunning.
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