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    Oftentimes, one can make sense of religious talk by translating it into a functional scientific equivalent. Both science and religion make far more mistakes than either admits or even realizes.
    Your example:
    Watch how the religious language -- phrases like "under the eyes of God" -- functions. A scientist would say something like "in accordance with the laws of physics."
    Isn't remotely a translation.

    I would also point out that science is a method and one that contains error as implicit in the method, knowledge advances and evolves. Religion, to me, errs incessantly, because it's methodology is flawed, even if once in a while some putatively religious figure espouses some doctrine with which we may agree or empathise.

    George Bush talked to God and God told him to Invade Iraq. This is widely agreed to have been an error. The invasion wasn't the error, the conversation was. If God had told him to be kind to animals, it would still be erroneous because it is a  non-evidentiary method of interacting with "reality".

    That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

    by enhydra lutris on Sat Jun 16, 2012 at 04:56:18 PM PDT

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