18th September 2009

“I refuse to live in fear of a theory that no one can ever prove – that's why I am an atheist.”

Anon.

3 Responses to “18th September 2009”

  1. holysmokes Says:

    I disagree with the premiss. A theory requires a significant amount of evidence before graduating from a hypothesis. A complete lack of evidence means that religions and faith have yet even meet the criteria of a hypothesis, let alone a theory. And “proof” is something that science does not address, ever.

  2. Chris Says:

    Theory in the 5th beer sense.

  3. Brian Delrosario Says:

    By “theory” the quote means religion, but of course we know that religion can never graduate to theory — as in the theory of gravity, combustion, thermodynamics…explanations that actually do work. How do know this? Because we can disprove (or at least disconfirm) that religion does not work. Try praying for children not to suffer abuse or that suicide bombers harm only themselves. Results? Does religion discover faster more effective ways to pray away diseases or construct buildings? Superstition does not work. Therefore, we need not fear it. However, we do need to take concern over those who follow it. Your thoughts?