Le 08-janv.-06, à 12:22, Stathis Papaioannou a écrit :
We can argue about the precise definition of words, but I think a
fundamental point is missed if religion and atheism are put on a par.
It is like the Christian fundamentalists' demand that "creation
science" be taught in schools alongside evolutionary biology, because
nobody can reasonably claim that evolutionary biology is *certainly*
true and "creation science" *certainly* false.
There is a clear difference between, on the one hand, believing x
despite the lack of any supporting evidence and, on the other hand,
not believing x because of the lack of any supporting evidence -
especially if x is something inherently bizarre or incredible.
Here you make a point. But this is because "creation science" is just
not a science. Those who pretend it is a science are just doing
Perhaps one day "creation science" will appear. This would be the case
if "creation science" (the doctrine that the best explanation for the
existence of the universe is that God has made it recently in less than
7 days) is made enough precise to not only be tested but to provide a
best overview of reality, etc. But of course today this is not the
case, and "creation science", *as* a science is much more a like a
fuzzy speculation predicting and actually explaining nothing. Their
proponents just are no playing the game.
Now, most people who says "I don't believe in God", in general believe
in a "physical or material" universe; and that is still a sort of
religious belief. Atheist are not just believer because they believe in
0 God, as George put it, but also because they replace God by something
else, without really explaining what it is and how it helps us to
figure what exist, etc.
In my state of ignorance I would even say that for me GOD and UNIVERSE
are both enough fuzzy that distinguishing them at the start could be a
But, perhaps unlike some of you, I did not get any religious education,
and all what I know in "theology" comes from study and experience, and
all what I do appreciate in the Monism of the Jewish, Muslim and
Christian theologies (but present also in some Chinese and Indian
philosophical systems) seems to be the parts they have kept from the
pre-Christian and pre-Muslim neo-Platonician theology. Today's catholic
theologians who insist too much on the quality in rigour of that type
of theology get trouble with the Roman Authority.