Originally posted by scottishinnz
Hey, Christianity is ALWAYS attacking science and scientists. It's got a long tradition of attacking anything which erodes its power base. The primary goal of religion is to keep people powerless and scared, to maintain its own power. Otherwise, why invent the concepts of "sin" or "confession"? Why, indeed, invent the concept of "original sin"? Rel poking fun at religion? What I do is nothing compared to what religion does to itself.
There is some truth in what you say. However, it is not the full truth. I think you will find that anyone who has a power base and feels threatened by another power base they will attack it with reckless abanadon because it is only human nature. Just ask Jesus Christ. I think you will find similar examples within the confines of science. For example, scientists within the industries of the cigerette industry knew well in advance of the diliterious effects of smoking on the population that it sells its products to but hid it from the public. However, when it was later discovered in the general public that smoking harms people and the industry was later attacked for selling a product that kills people those same scientists made the astute observation that one cannot "prove" that smoking is harmful, rather, one can only show correlations of the harm that can insue.
There is also the issue of preconcieved notions of what the truth is. For example, those that read Genesis might conclude that creation was made in six literal days and believe this for some time. Then someone comes along with other ideas that challenge their preconcieved ideas. Of coarse, we are all guilty of this in some form or another. We all have an idea of what the "truth" is and we are all wrong in some form or another. For example, in the world of science there was a new discovery that bacteria can cause ulcers in ones stomach. It flew in the preconceived notion, at the time, that bacteria could not live in such a hostile environment. He was then laughed to scorn. However, after using the scientific process he was able to drive home this truth even though they had to swallow their pride and admitt they are not as knowledgable as they perceived themselves to be.
You know there is a wise saying. "For every peice of knowledge or understanding about a phenomenon there are two or more peices associated with this knowledge that one realizes they do not understand". It is a humbling place to be which leaves very little room for ones pride to flourish. It may be uncomfortable to live there but I think it may be the best place to be when looking for truth.