Posts tagged "religion vs science"
“Let’s teach our children about the story of the universe and its incredible richness and beauty. It is so much more glorious and awesome and even comforting than anything offered by any scripture or God-concept that I know of.” -Carolyn Porco
“Whatever is resting on fiction and fraud will be overthrown.
Institutions that organize impostures and spread delusions must show what right they have to exist. Faith must render an account of herself to reason.
Mysteries must give place to facts. Religion must relinquish that imperious, that domineering position which she has so long maintained against Science.
There must be absolute freedom for thought.” - John William Draper
Yet another woman freethinker who remains largely unknown.
Lilian Leland traveled 60K miles alone around the world at the age of 25 for nearly two years, and this excerpt is from her book “A Woman’s Journey Around the World” (1890)
“An all-powerful being who has stood calmly by and permitted the torture and massacre of his own chosen children and chosen prophets, not to mention the thousands of unfortunate women and children, is — well, he is not the kind of a God that I want to worship, and I don’t think either “merciful” or “just” are exactly the adjectives that should apply to him.
As for those people who cry out for the past and mourn the overthrow of superstition and the advance of science and reason, I hardly think they would on the whole care to be placed in a world such as this was three or four centuries back.” - Lilian Leland
“Oh, I have plenty of biases, all right. I’m quite biased toward depending upon what my senses and my intellect tell me about the world around me, and I’m quite biased against invoking mysterious mythical beings that other people want to claim exist but which they can offer no evidence for.
I’m quite biased toward accepting the evidence I see at face value, and I’m quite biased against throwing that evidence out simply because some people with preconceived notions try to pretend it doesn’t exist.
I’m quite biased toward accepting the ideas of those who understand how science works, and who understand that everything in science is open to question and testing, and I’m quite biased against accepting the ideas of those who have no idea of how science works and who will hold onto discredited ideas no matter what the evidence against them simply because they have preconceived ideas of how the universe operates.”
- Alan Hale
“Religious beliefs disconnected from scientific reality checks are asking for the same fate as Santa Claus.”