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Are atheists the true enemies of science? Well, that depends…

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File:Atheism.svg From Peter Kwasniewski at Lifesite News:

Modernity expects people to hand over their intellects to a mysterious oracle called “Science,” a source of dogmas more unquestioned and blindly trusted than ever the papacy was in the Dark Ages. Christianity, in contrast, requires believers to submit their minds to an infinite God of truth who created all things—a worthy object of worship and obedience.

The “new atheists” assert that Christians, by profession as it were, have a contempt for hard facts. In reality, it would be impossible to find a religion more friendly to truths of nature and history and more encouraging of those who devote their time and effort to studying them.

Consider the five proofs for the existence of God offered by St. Thomas at the beginning of his Summa theologiae. More.

Those are all points worth making of course, but the situation is more serious than that. First, today, we have the spectacle of big science worried about what Florida schools teach about evolution but not about toxic snowflake attacks on biology profs, let alone the death penalty for witchcraft. Their priority is clearly institutional survival as such, not what survives. The fact that they are atheists may make the case worse but it is hard to tell.

Second, and this is a much more serious symptom, naturalist (materialist) atheism is at war with evidence and reason. Our brains, they believe, are shaped for fitness, not for truth. Thus, the top science people want power, simply, which is as much as to say that their ideas are irrelevant to their goals.

See also: Biology is real, if not popular: Lone scientist squares off with social justice warriors.

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More scientists wanted in government – but only if they are Democrats (progressives). One result of politicizing science like this is that the doubts raised are not an instance of the public “fearing” science. They’re what happens naturally when we begin to realize that the advice we are getting comes from an interested party…

Hat tip: Ken Francis, author of The Little Book of God, Mind, Cosmos and Truth

4 Replies to “Are atheists the true enemies of science? Well, that depends…

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    tribune7 says:

    People who declare science to be the arbiter of truth and morality are the enemy of science.

    Once you start worshipping science you stop practicing it.

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    critical rationalist says:

    News, why haven’t you killed any witches lately?

    “A man or woman who is a medium or spiritist among you must be put to death. You are to stone them; their blood will be on their own heads.”

    Leviticus 20:27

    Do not allow a sorceress to live.

    Exodus 22:18

    Could it be that reason always comes first, in that you must employ it to determine which sources are infallible and when to deter to them?

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    rvb8 says:

    Mr Kwasniewski says, ‘Consider the five proofs for the existance of God offered by St Thomas…’

    1 motion.
    2 causation.
    3 contingency.
    4 argument from degree.
    5 teleological argument.

    Mr Kwasniewski should read some more recent research.
    1 motion, the cosmological argument, or first cause;
    Note; utterly untestable, but requires the supernatural; not science.
    2 causation, linked closel to 5, teleology. So closely indeed as to seem inditinguishable.
    3 contingency; must be a reason why the universe exists; see 1, 2, 3, and 5.
    4 degree; if there is something most base, there must also exist something most perfect, God.
    Note, pure speculation, but at least testable. Zero evidence thus far of the, ‘most perfect God’.
    5 teleology; see, 1,2,3, (and 4, really), and of course 5.

    Mr Kwasniewski needs to get out more, and read a little further.

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    Molson Bleu says:

    I don’t think that it is atheists per se that are the enemies of science. But any belief that becomes so entrenched that it becomes extremely difficult to propose an alternate explanation, becomes a roadblock to scientific advancement. I think that this can just as easily occur for theists as it can for atheists. But probably more prevalent for atheists depending on the area of science.

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