posted on May, 20 2013 @ 01:28 AM
Originally posted by Leahn
Which basic concept is sound? Natural selection? The accumulation of small mutations over time? Please, state what is sound about evolution.
The basic idea that simple systems evolve into more complex ones over time. Very simple.
Atheists deny the non-material. The words are not mine. They said so themselves.
"We take the side of science in spite of the patent absurdidy of some of its constructs, in spite of its failure to fulfill many of its extravangant
promises of health and life, in spite of the tolerance of the scientific community for unsubstatiated just-so stories, because we have a prior
commitment, a commitment to materialism. It's not that the methods and institutions of science somehow compel us to accept a material explanation of
the phenomenal world, but on the contrary, that we are forced by our a priori adherence to material causes to create an apparatus of investigation and
a set of concepts that produce material explanations, no matter how counterintuitive, no matter how mystifying to the unitiated. Moreover, that
Materialism is absolute, for we cannot allow a Divine Foot in the door." - Richard Lewontin
"I am optimistic that the two theories [E.N.: Biology and Physics] together will furnish a totally satisfying naturalistic explanation for the
existence of the universe and everything that's in it including ourselves. And I am optimistic that this final scientific enlightenment will deal an
overdue deathblow to religion and other juvenile superstitions." - Richard Dawkins
"The basic assumption of science is that the world can be explained entirely in physical terms, without recourse to godlike entities." - Massimo
edit on 18/5/2013 by Leahn because: (no reason given)
Well you did find some nice quotes (and paraphrased the 'a piori' part of one incorrectly) but these are truly cherry picked and do not in fact deny
the non-material at all only the need for a god to explain that which isn't material or measureable at the moment.