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  •  Certainly not, which was my point in the first (0+ / 0-)

    place: by conflating religion and what amounts to theistic belief systems, particularly monotheistic ones, the argument is lost.

    It does a disservice to religious practice that is precisely rational (again, much of eastern non-mysticist faith, which has hundreds of millions of adherents), while at the same time missing the thrust of the argument (that it is the nature of the belief, not merely the nature of the practice or its very fact) that is at issue.

    I don't disagree on the epistemic claim, so long as it is made in a logically self-consistent way. But I do believe that words matter; if we are ever to legitimate science and undermine the "science is just another religion" arguments, we can't advocate for science and against other belief systems in ways that repeat precisely what we are trying to critique—assertion without empirical observation or without clear definitions and nuanced understandings of what is actually going on in the real world.

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    I am not a purity troll. I am a purity warrior.

    by nobody at all on Sun Aug 26, 2012 at 02:49:13 PM PDT

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