Saturday, January 10, 2009

Atheist Cliches #3: Science and Religion are Incompatable

A somewhat novel idea that would come as news to the following who were Christians and Scientists (or rather those with important contributions to science and scientific thought).
Pope Sylvester II , Hermann of Reichenau ,Robert Grosseteste , Pope John XXI, Albertus Magnus, Roger Bacon, Theodoric of Freiberg, Thomas Bradwardine , Jean Buridan , Nicole Oresme , Nicholas of Cusa , Otto Brunfels , Nicolaus Copernicus, Michael Stifel , Ignazio Danti , Bartholomaeus Pitiscus , John Napier, Johannes Kepler , Laurentius Gothus , Galileo Galilei , Marin Mersenne , René Descartes , Anton Maria Schyrleus of Rheita , Blaise Pascal , Isaac Barrow, Juan Caramuel y Lobkowitz , Nicolas Steno , Seth Ward , Robert Boyle , John Wallis , John Ray , Gottfried Leibniz , Isaac Newton, Colin Maclaurin , Thomas Bayes, Firmin Abauzit , Carolus Linnaeus , Leonhard Euler, Maria Gaetana Agnesi , Joseph Priestley , Isaac Milner , Samuel Vince , Olinthus Gregory , William Buckland, Augustin Louis Cauchy , Edward Hitchcock , William Whewell, Michael Faraday , Charles Babbage , Adam Sedgwick, Temple Chevallier , John Bachman , Robert Main, James Clerk Maxwell , Gregor Mendel, Philip Henry Gosse, Asa Gray , Francesco Faà di Bruno , Julian Tenison Woods, Louis Pasteur , George Jackson Mivart , Armand David , George Stokes, George Salmon , Henry Baker Tristram , Lord Kelvin , Pierre Duhem , Georg Cantor , Dmitri Egorov , Mihajlo Idvorski Pupin, Pavel Florensky , John Ambrose Fleming , Max Planck , Edward Arthur Milne , Robert Millikan , ET Whittaker, Georges Lemaître, Arthur Compton, David Lack, Theodosius Dobzhansky , Aldert van der Ziel, Carlos Chagas Filho, Sir Robert Boyd, Arthur Peacocke, C. F. von Weizsäcker, Charles Hard Townes, Ian Barbour, Freeman Dyson, Stanley Jaki, Allan Sandage, John Polkinghorne, Owen Gingerich, R. J. Berry, Michał Heller, Ghillean Prance, Donald Knuth, Eric Priest, Henry F. Schaefer, III, Robert T. Bakker, Kenneth R. Miller, Francis Collins, Simon C. Morris, John D. Barrow, Denis Alexander, John T. Houghton, Christopher Isham

All of them are somewhat more qualified to write on science than an expert in the pecking order of chicks is qualified to talk of the existence of God.

Oh, and add the thousands of practising Christians who also happen to be scientists and the millions who are Christians and have a scientific education.

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Blogger madame evangelista said...

That's an impressive list, you've obviously thought about this a lot, lol!

For myself, I find the later names more interesting, because the earlier scientists were working in societies where almost everyone believed in God anyway. Not that it makes their faith irrelevant, but you never know what they would have believed if they had been raised in a secular society. Whereas a contemporary scientist who is also a Christian (or a Muslim or a practicising Jew) has made an active decision on their faith, which is a great witness.

8:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Modern science works from the theory that there is only one realm of existence, the physical realm. If that be true then there is nothing else to discuss, they are correct. If that is not true, if there is the possibility of other realms then should we not use the scientific method to explore that possibility?
Those who attempt to limit the use of intelligence and education have limited intelligence and education. ..Scientheist

3:41 PM  
Blogger Paulinus said...

anon. I couldn't agree more. Science is a method to answer particular questions. It is beyond its epistemological realm to answer questions about God and the transcendent

4:22 PM  
Blogger Mac McLernon said...

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8:35 PM  

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