Is my belief in science more scientific than your belief in God?
December 4, 2006 12:04 PM Subscribe
How is my belief that the world is round any more scientific than someone else's belief that a benevolent deity listens to her prayers? (I know this may seem chatty or open-ended, but I have a feeling that there is a neat argument out there that would wrap up this question for me, and meanwhile I'm in a bit of philosophical crisis about it.)
posted by CrunchyGods to Religion & Philosophy (60 answers total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
I believe in the roundness of the Earth (to put it very simply) because of things I've read, because of things teachers have taught me, and because of my culture's constant reinforcement of the idea. Isn't that very similar to the way most people come by their religious beliefs? Is there anything intrinsically scientific about believing things scientists have agreed upon? Or is a belief a belief?