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Great article Mike! Well written and it is great to see you work through how science and faith connect (or don't). Thanks.

I did have a question about this statement:

[Mike Aus] Religion is really not about “knowing” anything; it is about speculation not based on reality.

Most of my religious friends would be quick to point out that you can describe their belief as "speculation" regarding facts but cannot really defend the statement that their speculation is not based on reality. Any defense would undercut your own theorizing from facts. For example:

The instinct for self-preservation and a concern for the well-being of other individuals appear to have both played a role in the survival and evolution of our species. If that is the case, then the tension between “sin” and selflessness might actually help define who we are as humans. The project of religion has been sin eradication, and that approach now appears to be a fundamental denial of human nature.

Thoughts?

And thanks again.

Tue, 08 May 2012 10:42:58 UTC | #940516

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