Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Old Rocks

Religion teaches it's followers not to trust everything they see; god or the devil could have lied to you to test your faith. So they believe that rocks on earth aren't really millions of years old, because the bible says differently. There is a bigger lesson there for us all to learn.

Honesty is difficult. It requires heroic efforts of introspection and self-awareness. This honest portrayal of reality is at the heart of the conflict between science and religion. While science is a natural response to reality, religion demands that we distrust our senses and our intellect, instead relying on a supernatural explanation. In this way, faith robs us of the best tool we have for learning about our world and understanding our true position within it. Religions, especially fundamentalist religions, get stuck because they are based on an immovable, unchangeable, unquestionable authority. But without doubt and questioning, there is no way to acknowledge, much less correct for errors. That is how a 6,000 year-old rock becomes dangerous.


Blogger The Alpha said...

This is the sad but true reality of our world. For the fundamentalist, everything that disagrees with their scriptures is a "test of their faith" and the extent to which they can ignore scientific inquiry is heralded as a virtue.

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