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Author Topic:   Do science and religion have rights to some "explanatory space"?
bluescat48
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Message 1 of 37 (491806)
12-21-2008 10:12 AM


In the topic "God Or Science? A Belief In One Weakens Positive Feelings For The Other" from the Links and Information forum, Bluejay said
If we're being honest, how many of us really believe that both science and religion have rights to some "explanatory space"? Most science-minded people think religion doesn't actually explain anything. And, most religious people think that science is unreliable. So, very few people actually accept that both have their "explanatory space."
I would like to open a debate topic to shed light on the question.
I, myself hold that science & religion do play a part in "explanatory space" but should remain within their respective places, that is science in scientific matters & religion in religious matters.
Granny Magda made an interesting point in this:
The only explanatory power religion has is in the realm of entirely subjective "truths", an area better served by literature in my opinion.
Is this point valid or not and why?
Edited by Admin, : Fix grammar in title.

There is no better love between 2 people than mutual respect for each other WT Young, 2002
Who gave anyone the authority to call me an authority on anything. WT Young, 1969

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bluescat48
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Message 5 of 37 (491824)
12-21-2008 4:25 PM
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12-21-2008 4:10 PM


In the real world, instead, we see that science an religion tend to be hostile of each other. I think, in part, this is a product of traditional religion holding stounchly to untennable positions.
The major problem is not with religion itself, but with the belief, held by many theists, that the scripture is the word of "GOD" and therefore infallible. If one takes the word of god out of the scripture which other theists have, and use the scripture as alligorical, or to teach a lesson (fables), rather than what was, then using rational thinking, these theists don't find conflicts.

There is no better love between 2 people than mutual respect for each other WT Young, 2002
Who gave anyone the authority to call me an authority on anything. WT Young, 1969

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