26 July 2010

What's So Great About Christianity | Ch 16

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This is part of a series of notes in response to "What's So Great About Christianity" by Dinesh D'Souza

Chapter 16 | In the Belly of the Whale: Why Miracles Are Possible

I did not think much of this chapter. D'Souza spends an entire chapter simply to point out that science cannot be absolutely proven to be true either 1) with infinite repeatability and 2) in any and all times and places. It is not clear to me what the point of this chapter is, though I suspect he's trying to get a foot in the door to make some case based on miracles later on.

I do have to add that after further reflection I find it rather ironic that D'Souza uses science's weakness in that it can never study everything in light of his assertion that faith is a reliable means to attain knowledge. If science with its well-established and tested methods, habit of obtaining peer-reviews, and openness for anyone who can prove a hypothesis wrong with an adequate alternative hypothesis and supporting evidence can be fallible… how much more unreliable, according to D'Souza, should be the "eyes of faith" which have no universal method, no ability to be peer-reviewed, and have led to literally tens of thousands of religious systems who all believe that they are right based on faith?

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Clemens said...

Exactly. There is a quote attributed to, I believe, Winston Churchill, that goes along the lines of "Democracy is crap, but it's still the best we have". You can adapt that to science. There is still an awful amount of things we don't know, and maybe possibly never will know. But why anyone should turn to a priest once a scientist gives up escapes me.

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