posted on Mar, 29 2010 @ 01:10 PM
There are too many aspects of religion to deal with it as one thing.
Some religious beliefs are about matters of fact. Versions of history in particular. The scientific beliefs about history are not consistent or
compatable with the religious beliefs. One is right, and one is wrong. Isn't it important for your beliefs to correspond to reality? For them to be
A literal interpretation of the bible is not consistent with the evidence. Shouldn't people be confronted with this fact? Why is there even this
case being made that people should be free to indulge in a fantasy without interuption from "bashers" telling them about reality? I'm against
hatefull speech, and I know that when we disagree about the existance of God or the soul we're never going to get anywhere. But, there are parts of
the religious worldview that are admittedly supposed to be taken as factual claims. They are claims about physical reality, like how the earth was
formed and how humans came to inhabit it. These are not part of the metaphysical world that is open to interpretation. These are things that - if
true - correspond directly to some physical reality, and if false have no correspondance to physical reality. You can't make claims about real
things which are wrong and expect to go unchallanged. Can you?
The entire scientific endeavour has completely revolutionized humanity. The reason is that scientific beliefs correspond with physical reality.
Mystical/religious worldviews dominated human beliefs for a hundred thousand years before science. No progress was made at all. No successful
predictions from religion, no technology, and not even any progress within the belief system itself. It is a story, you can believe it or not.
Scientific theories are testable claims about reality. When religion purports to make testable claims about reality, you can expect that the
scientists will set them straight. Science has gotten it right, religion and mysticism have not.
It's better to pronounce the truth at every opportunity than to ignore it, even if such pronunciation is annoying to people of faith who want to be
left alone with false beliefs that are comforting to them.