---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <jr_esq@...> wrote : There appears to be a common misconception that science and religion cannot mix. That's not necessarily true.
But usually it is true because the mind set one needs for science and the one needed for religion are poles apart; science is sceptical, questioning, and the argument from authority simply is an impediment to finding out stuff. Religion is accepting often to the point of total gullibility. Science deals with facts, religion generally prefers to avoid them. Since the rise of scientific thought, religion has been backsliding against the onslaught of knowledge ever since. Things once thought exclusively in the realm of religion are now solidly in the realm of science. Some call themselves atheists, but they don't know what it really means nor have they logically thought out the arguments for atheism. Actually we do know what it means, and we have thought it out to the extent that logic is possible. But in the absence of evidence, logic has nothing to manipulate — all is airy speculation in the void where no facts exist. Atheism is really a matter of probability in comparing what we know about the world to what is stated in religious documents about the reality of the world, and most of the time, the probability that such and such is true seems slight. The non theist position is not absolute because in the absence of facts you cannot posit a definitive statement, only a sliding scale of probabilities, that leads the non theist, or the post theist to the conclusion that the religious arguments lack sufficient merit to spend time pursuing. If more substantial evidence shows up, then the matter can be reconsidered. If something is not known, a non theist does not have to make up something to explain it. If we do not know how the world came into being (assuming it came in to being) we can let it ride until more information is available. On the other hand, there are some Christians who use the bible as a scientific proof for the history of mankind. They fail to understand that the Bible is not a scientific document. Rather, it is a book of wisdom which attempts to convey how Consciousness evolved in nature which resulted in the development of a consciousness being, which is embodied in the human mind and physiology. There is a lot in the Bible that has some value, but there is also a lot of stuff that is pretty dumb; it is extraordinarily inconsistent because it is hobbled together from the writings and editing of many many writers, compilers, and revisers who had many different viewpoints. There is some nice poetry at least in English translations.