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Science answers "how."Religion answers "why."
Science answers why as well. Why did the apple fall from the tree? Gravity. A detailed explanation of how gravity works gives you both the how and the why.
Gravity. A detailed explanation of how gravity works gives you both the how and the why.
It's when people get psychotically vehement about things that I have to part ways with their particular line of thought. This goes for believers and non-believers both.
The essential problem being that when you let religion answer your "whys", it usually takes away the need for you to know your "hows".
Firmly in the atheist camp.In regards to tolerance: It's easy to practice in theory, but when people start legislating against things like stem-cell research and same-sex marriage based on religion and school systems start putting intelligent design into the textbooks...I'm a patient man, but there are limits.
But I could demonstrate a visible (and surprisingly counter-intuitive) aspect of quantum mechanics with a small lightbulb and some cardboard. I doubt anyone could do the same for God.
It seems to me that most of the "atheists" have so far been rightly shitting on organized religion and the monkeys that buy into it to the exclusion of all other evidence, while perhaps falling into a similar trap themselves in wanting to disregard any possible validity in both the various "wisdom" or "spiritual" traditions that history has to offer us, and the human experiences that are more easily modelled in a non-scientific symbol structure.
wanting to disregard any possible validity in both the various "wisdom" or "spiritual" traditions
These are all things the brain does. Biology. Nothing magical about it.