The Church of England’s ruling body will close its meeting with a call for more recognition of the compatibility of religious belief with science.
The motion will urge it to fight back in what is the latest move in a public battle between atheists and believers.
The compatibility of science and religion only goes so far.
The scientist that is also a believer may, for instance, recognise evolution and all the current scientific thoeries as true and look deeper in to how the world works, but ultimately, will come to the conclusion that it all started with god.
An athiest scientist will keep looking.
The motion at the General Synod in London is proposed by Dr Peter Capon.
Many religious people feel they are being gradually pushed out of the public sphere by opponents who are using science as a weapon.
‘Science’ itself isn’t the weapon, rational arguement is. And seeing as religion is not a rational ‘thing’*, then religion is on a loser. Science will one day have all the answers. Although it may take a bit of time.
(*I can’t find the link to which religious person said it recently, so drop a link in the comments if you do)
Dr Capon, himself a former lecturer in computer science, says atheists are misleading the public when they claim science and religion are incompatible.
Athiests are misleading the public? Atheists are using evidence and rational thought. It is the religious folk that are misleading the public with stories and assertions and rules that have supposedly come form god but only come from someone or people with a knack for manipulating people and telling a good story.
Think of it this way. Two scientists, one an atheist and one a believer, after rigorous experimentation and testing and research, after following all the evidence they find about the beginning of life, the universe and everything, they end up ringing the doorbell on the Pearly Gates. God answers.
The religious scientist turns to the atheist and says ‘See. I said it was him that did it. Our quest for the ultimate answer has finished.’
The Atheist scientist looks at God and asks ‘So. How did you do it, then?’