…something that is directly applicable to me at the moment but something I’ve been thinking about…
“In disputes upon moral or scientific points, let your aim be to come at truth, not to conquer your opponent.So you never shall be at a loss in losing the argument, and gaining a new discovery.” -Arthur Martin
Coming from a religious and conservative background but being a graduate student in the field of science, I sometimes find myself in conversations with friends, family and colleagues that center around faith and science…often faith versus science. For me, the two are completely different spheres of philosophy and principles. While there are definite similarities in terms of methodology of thinking, since I do think the scientific method, i.e. criticial thought, as a way of thinking should be the norm and I know it is used in areas such as religious philosophy and study of religious history and texts, I think that an assumption or basis of religion is faith itself and the concept of faith implies a lack of evidence for your belief…and that doesn’t have to be a bad thing in terms of religion. I think there is a danger in becoming convinced that you can explain God or faith. I don’t know. Just my opinion.
A funny quote that I like (not necessarily directed at the question of faith and science) that’s been attributed to Mark Twain: “…the critic’s symbol should be the tumble-bug: he deposits his eggs in someone else’s dung, otherwise he could not hatch it.” 😛