This has been nagging me for some time, and I’ve never really wanted to bring it up, because it is a part of me. The last couple of weeks, I’ve taken a good, slow, hard look at what I’m going to talk about, and can do nothing but hang my head at the realization of an ugly truth that I never really wanted to face.
I’ve always considered an atheist to be a rock of logic amongst the stormy shoals of all the warring, god-fearing believers. It has always made me smile to find a fellow person of reason, but things have been changing. There is a new religion, and its followers wear the skins of an atheist, but they are not. This new religion is the church of science.
I know, many of you are probably confused, thinking that all atheists believe only in science and not religion. That would be incorrect. We think science explains way more than religion can, but it by no way answers everything. That is where a true atheist and a follower of the church of science split. A true atheist questions everything… it is what we do. With the knowledge that we’ve gathered, we make suggestions to spur on conversation… and sometimes the occasional argument. I have always believed that if you got enuff atheists together that were willing to brainstorm, all the problems in the world could be settled thru simple logic and reasoning.
You might ask, “Why have you split off some into this new ‘church’ of yours?” Very fair question. Let me address it here. As I’ve said, for the past few months, I’ve gone thru threads… reading and learning (you can pick up some REAL good info here, believe it or not)… and I started seeing a behavior separate itself out. The “scientists” in the atheist group began arguing like the religious, especially when their knowledge was attacked… using some of the very same phases you would hear from a believer in an argument. “You just don’t understand.” … “You can’t say that about him, he’s brilliant/ tops in the field.” I guess it is the first one that always catches me. Their style also changed. It was more of a book vs book battle, than an atheist’s “prove it”, battle. 1 great example is The Big Bang vs. Divine Creation. As an atheist, I think both sides of this are extremely arrogant, but they will go at it tooth and nail over this. The great thing is that religion now actually has a little bit of science to try to back it up, but the church of science scoffs at it… surprise… wrong science. Heh heh
After watching a few of those… and being curious… I decided to go into a science discuss with my “atheist leathers” on and do a little… poking. To preface this, I do know enuff about science and physics to hold my own, but don’t expect me to rattle off all the terminology and crap like that. I know it on a working level and that is all I’m interested in. Anyways, I went onto this page with the intention to test a theory. It all started with 1 question from me…”Why do you think the universe can expand?” I’ll use metaphors to explain what happened next. The question got a few of them to come around and “sniff” me, at which point, simplistic examples were laid out to answer the question. With the trap sprung, I laid out the next question. The simplistic answers were gone, and the short answers came. I reinforced the question with my own overly simplistic example and was met with… hmmm… barking. The “barking” that I’m talking about is what spurred this article forward. Instead of quoting scripture, they quoted theorems, laws, and studies. Instead of pointing to relics, they would point to things seen thru telescopes. It is interesting that instead of robes… they wear white coats. :D As you may have guessed, much like the religious, it didn’t matter what I said. It didn’t matter what I pointed out or the thing that just didn’t make sense that just couldn’t be explained… logically. I was shouted down by the “holier than tho” as not knowing.
That little test, right there, led me to believe that there was an actual separation between a true atheist, and a follower of science. I’ll guess that some will assume that I don’t believe in any science, taking a page from a religious/ political argument and going to extremes, which couldn’t be farther from the truth. Anything that can be touched and tested on this planet can be proven. If you can't touch, see, detect or measure something, you don’t know an actual thing about it. That is simply my opinion, but that is what a lot of cutting edge science is built on… now isn’t it?