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Erik Richardson

Teacher, Richardson Ideaworks, Inc.


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If these guys (and others) are right and religion is delaying human progress, how do we move forward?

1.Are the churches too deeply embedded into our nervous systems to ever be able to shut them down?

2.If not, how do we succeed in shutting them down?

3.Where are the scholarships to support the next generation of religion's critics?

4.Where are the communities with positive, shared vision/values to support a more rational, scientific future?


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  • Apr 28 2011: This conversation is really interesting. I would rather say we are trying to find the "TRUTH" of what is true!!!

    Christianity is a practice “FAITH”. Science (from Latin: scientia meaning "knowledge") is an enterprise that builds and organizes knowledge in the form of testable explanations and predictions about the world (scientific knowledge was a body of reliable knowledge that can be logically and rationally explained).

    With faith, you must go beyond your senses while with science you must use your senses.

    Science will deny faith even when people get well after a prayer in the hospital.

    Scientists are yet to discover the creation of the atom that formed the Big Bang or event matter. So many discoveries are based on speculations and not facts.

    You’ve heard of cases of someone who loses his wife, gradually dying even when they are medically okay. You’ve heard of cases of the AFTERLIFE with people telling something’s that would happen on earth because they were given the chance to see a glimpse of it.

    My take on it is you can’t use science to define religion or Christianity because Christianity defines itself in the Bible.

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