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In the garden of good and evil

26 January 2014, 20:30
Just my two cents on the evergreen debate of god, science and religion. (I sense your collective sighs, but this article is not intended to be malicious and all differing views are respected)

Now, let me categorically state that I am not religious (Although raised in a religious family), but I will try to be as objective and unbiased as I can.

The best way I can describe myself, would be to say that I am agnostic.

Think of an agnostic as somewhere in the middle of two extremes. Those extremes being a religious zealot on one side, and an atheist on the other. (Neither of these extremes can prove that they are right)

Firstly, I do not believe in the existance of a god as depicted in the Judeo-Christian sense. This god might very well exist, but in the age of modern man, man that could emperically analyzehis grandiose creator claims, he is yet to make his appearance.

Something just doesn't sit well with the idea of a god requiring constant lavish praise and worship. Consider this, if a deity of such characteristics did exist, he would be as far removed from us as we are from chimps and monkeys. (Maybe more.)

Would you enforce a system of adoration and praise on said monkeys, just to bring you joy?Would you impose dietary requirements on said monkeys? Perhaps insist on them not indulging in eisbeinand other swine-originating delicacies, or risk incurring your wrath?

Another splinter in my mind is the contrasting ideas of free will vs the ubiquitous, all knowing and all powerful nature of god. This seems to be another logical fallacy.

God cannot grant us free will to do what we please, when we please AND be omnipotent, timeless and all seeing. For, if he knows what you are going to do before you do it and how you will come to your end one day, how is it that you have free will?The inverse argument also holds. If we HAVE free will and he does not know what we will do next, then he is not omnipotent.

According to these religious texts, it seems god created the entirety of the universe just so human beings could have a place to stay. This seems to be a bit of arrogance on our part

I don't know if any of you are familiar with the findings of NASA's recently concluded kepler mission.

This data seems to suggest that earth-like planets are abundant in the universe. They have found 20+ earth-like planets in the goldilocks zone of their respective suns (meaning that these planets orbit their suns at just the right distance to have water in liquid form on the planet surface, a pre-requisite for life) in our corner of the galaxy alone.

There are billions of other galaxies.You can see where I am going with this.As mentioned, religious texts suggest we are the pinnacle of this physical realm. The ultimate in creation in this universe. How would your faith be affected if this were not the case?

Often, the religious zealots use the "Something from nothing" argument. "If there is no god, how did it all start?"

Well, we don't know this yet, but to fill the gaps of our knowledge base with a deity is both short sighted and counter productive. Especially if said deity 'instructs' you not to question the laws of the universe.What has become apparent to me is that many of us use religion as some sort of crutch to mask our failures and shortcomings.

If something doesn't work out, 'It wasn't gods will' etc. is often heard.We proceed to find solace in this.

While it is good to bounce back from a disappointment, you shouldn't have any illusions about why you failed. A quote of George Bernard Shaw comes to mind, "The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one. The happiness of credulity is a cheap and dangerous quality."

Which brings me to my final conclusion.

In my view, atheists, who completely reject the idea of a 'creator', some driving force behind all of this, are at times just as bad and short sighted as the religious zealots.

The simple fact of the matter is that we do not know. The best we can do is to slowly unravel and discover, by these meticulous and tedious scientific processes, the nature of our universe.

Indeed, this 'science' is the only thing that has ever given us any results. (or did god come up with the physics necessary for your beloved internet and satellite tv connection? lol)

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