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posted by swhitney

In reply to: Fields: Broun's position isn't theoretical »

December 13, 2012

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Science is the determination of natural explanations for natural phenomena based on the use of the scientific method of (1)observation of natural phenomena; (2)creating natural explanations (hypotheses) for those observations that make testable predictions; (3)testing those predictions results in either supporting, modifying, or falsifying the hypothesis. Scientific hypotheses must be testable, modifiable, or falsifiable or they are not science.

Religion is based on faith and revelation. Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1) It is not science.

Both science and religion are "true" in their own realms, just as art and literature are "true" in their own realms. Art will not design a rocket to send men to the moon, nor create antibiotics nor cures for cancer. Science does not provide a moral compass, or hope in time of despair, or shared joy in time of wonder.

Confusing science and religion leads to circular discussions because we are using common words for very different concepts. If Broun believes the Bible is THE authority for everything, then how can he use it to build a rocket or cure disease (does he use Biblical principles to cure disease)? I am trusting in the scientific advances against cancer to heal me, I am counting on the prayers of religious friends and family to hold me up in this time of trial. I would not want to be dependent on either one alone.

It saddens me that the basic understanding of both science and religion is at such a low state in this country that they can be confused by almost half of the population.

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