Scientific Theories and Religious Dogmas

No scientific theory is set in stone, since scientific theories are explanations of natural phenomena in the here and now using extant knowledge which changes with time, hence causing theories to become redundant.

Not so religion which is set in stone and can thus never change. New data makes a deity obsolete? Never!

Trouble starts to brew when the religious start to engage in science, for then the thinking patterns associated with religion are imported into the scientific sphere.

About Louis Hissink

Retired diamond exploration geologist. I spent my professional life looking for mineral deposits, found some, and also located a number of kimberlites in NSW and Western Australia. Exploration geology is the closest one can get to practicing the scientific method, mineral exploration always being concerned with finding anomalous geophysical or geochemical data, framing a model and explanation for the anomaly and then testing it with drilling or excavation. All scientific theories are ultimately false since they invariably involved explaining something with incomplete extant knowledge. Since no one is omniscient or knows everything, so too scientific theories which are solely limited to existing knowledge. Because the future always yields new data, scientific theories must change to be compatible with the new data. Thus a true scientist is never in love with any particular theory, always knowing that when the facts change, so too must he/she change their minds.
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