Do not mistake what I’m saying. Don’t read into it more than I myself am willing to stand by. I’m not saying religion is right and science is wrong. I’m not saying science is right and religion is wrong. I’m not saying that your faith, wherever it lies, has been mistakenly placed on the wrong side. What I am saying is that we’re trading one set of oppressors for another.
“It doesn’t matter what you believe. Science is about fact. Facts are true.” Yet scientists cannot demonstrate their truth without resorting to their own specialized knowledge and language, and their own immutable assumptions; their initial ‘givens proved’ generated by scientists long gone. If I’m to truly understand them, I must know what they know. I must be educated as they were, and indoctrinated into their school. I must take it on faith that what has gone before really has been proven. I must believe in their creed. How am I thus different from the lowliest believer in a god or gods he cannot see?
I’ve heard a (very intelligent) friend of mine rail against a third party; because the party in question has, in the past, allegedly denied that climate change is real. I say ‘allegedly’, because I wasn’t invited to attended that particular feté fatále. Which is proof enough for me that there is, indeed, grace in the world. Very well. Have at it. Impugn this person. Take them into a court of law, and charge them with intellectual malfeasance – with ‘gross indecency’. You might as well – given how incensed you became, at how ‘wrong’ this person is. And now…
Me…? I’m no science denier… I take no pride in the fact that those who would do so quote me for support of their views. I repeat, I do not dispute science. But neither will I poo-poo those of faith. Who am I, to disparage the beliefs of others? I say to you, I’m no one of importance. You ask me then what do I believe?