I’ve decided once a month, to reblog one post that I thought was exceptional from the previous month. This is the following one I choose

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EvolveFish I don’t believe in evolution.

I can hear what you are thinking: Is he an idiot or something? Even though he has an MSc in animal ecology and an unfinished PhD in evolutionary ecology, he still doesn’t believe in evolution?!

But here’s the thing: evolution is a scientific theory, same as the theory of gravity, germ theory, cell theory, quantum theory, theory of relativity and many others.

Unlike religion, science doesn’t work with beliefs – you take the facts supporting the theory and compare those with facts not supporting the theory. Then you decide if the theory is correct – or perhaps you should improve the theory, choose an alternate theory or scrap the whole thing altogether.

And the theory of evolution has literally hundreds of thousands (if not millions) scientifically validated observations and experiments supporting it. You have scientific articles, monographs, experiments (yes, there are loads and loads…

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About M. Rodriguez

When I first received Christ salvation, I made it a priority to read the whole bible and I did. But it was the Bible that made me question my faith. For I found it flawed and lacking. Due to this I launched a personal inquiry/investigation into my faith, and ultimately realized that the Christian God of the Bible was indeed man-made. Now I Blog about those findings and life after Christ.
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  1. unkleE says:

    It’s a little unfortunate, BR, that this article confuses two quite separate uses of the word “belief”.

    (1) Belief is what goes on in our heads. The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy says:

    “Contemporary analytic philosophers of mind generally use the term “belief” to refer to the attitude we have, roughly, whenever we take something to be the case or regard it as true. …. Forming beliefs is thus one of the most basic and important features of the mind”

    (2) Belief is often used to mean faith or trust, and then further assumed to imply lack of evidence or reason (even though most people who have faith or trust don’t do so without evidence or reason).

    So he/she does indeed believe in evolution in the first sense. Moreover, they have not only misunderstood, or deliberately mischaracterised both religion and science when they say: “Unlike religion, science doesn’t work with beliefs” and “Evolution has been proven.”.

    Nothing in science has been “proven” – only maths and logic can be “proven”. Science is always provisional and subject to further development. I believe in evolution, but it hasn’t been ‘proven’, simply shown to be overwhelmingly probable in concept and some of the details. Some of the details are still very much speculation.

    So he/she has adopted a black and white view of: science = all evidence, all proven; religion = no evidence, all belief. It isn’t so. There is more certain evidence for most scientific conclusions than for most religious conclusions (or most political or aesthetic or personal conclusions too), but there is still much speculation in science. For example: abiogenesis, the multiverse, neuroscience & dualism & free will, and perhaps the Higgs boson (for a time anyway). And there is still much evidence in christianity.

    Thanks for posting, but it is to me a confused and misleading article.

  2. Ed Darrell says:

    I think we need to give some sway to scientists in the use of their own language, on issues of science. That seems fair.

    Sure, there are unknowns in science. Scientists acknowledge them, almost gleefully — questions to research!

    Comparing those exciting, researchable questions with leaps of faith is unfair, and inaccurate.

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