Science and religion ARE compatible
My servants do their best, and I try to be patient. But patience, except to lay in wait to take captive the unwise, is not my strong suit. My time is limited, so I must act quickly.
This time it is my great servant Jerry Coyne, and he means well, I’m sure. In a USA Today piece entitled, “Science and religion aren’t friends,” he pushes the great lie that science and religion aren’t friends. Now, I know what he means. He’s running that old argument about science that excludes God from any explanations being incompatible with a religion that believes in God.
Incompatible? Duh! Of course certain religions are incompatible if one defines science my way, i.e., in a way that excludes any explanation from which one might infer God exists. And if one’s “science” requires that he cordon off certain lines of thought, regardless what the evidence suggests, i.e., design in biology, then it doesn’t take a genius to realize this science and a God-creating religion, might not be friends. It’s a no brainer that those who dismiss out of hand as “not science” all the evidence in support of special creation, intelligent design, or whatever my enemies are saying these days, would have a certain problem being “friends” with a religion compatible with science not so constrained. (Hint, my servants: if the ever-growing evidence of creation ever gets a fair hearing, we’re in deep trouble, and I’m blaming you).
But put aside the evidentiary problems for a second, and back the “incompatible” truck up just one moment. Whenever my servants run this tired argument, on the one hand I’m glad because everyone seems to believe it and move on. But, if I can be a little vulnerable here, I also feel a bit slighted. After all, there are many religions that I love, and which are perfectly compatible with Jerry Coyne’s science!
Hey, Jerry! Wake up! Remember me? the one who first took you captive to your current philosophy? What about Secular Humanism, Jerry? What about Wicca, Jerry? What about atheism, perhaps your religion, Jerry? And if you want to argue that your religion isn’t a religion, well, I’ll have to school you a little on that one. There are, in fact, hundreds of godless religions.
You see, the mix up is that everyone ignores ME on this issue. There are many, many religions (all but one, in fact) that I not only approve of, but I fully endorse. And many of those religions are non-theistic. And every one of the non-theistic religions are perfectly compatible with Jerry Coyne’s science. Give me some respect, here, buddy.
So, my servants. It’s OK to say theistic religion X is not compatible with atheistic science (of course Jerry and my other servants will say it’s not atheistic, but naturalistic. Ha ha ha ha ha). But please, please, remember me when you make your points. And be sure to point out that many of my favorite religions are not only compatible, but rely on “science” today.
A more accurate headline, and one which would give ME some credit would be: “Ideology-constrained science and creator-God religions not friends, but science and godless religions get along just dandy.”
My will on earth as it is in Hell.