Sunday, August 26, 2012 9:00:32 PM
However, I personally feel that there is nothing wrong with accepting the fact that perhaps there is something out there that is greater than all of us.
"perhaps" is not a fact. It's a possibility.
The possibility of something somewhere that is in some way greater than humans isn`t a religion.
It`s possible, for example, that there are people elsewhere who are all more intelligent than humans and their civilisation is more advanced than ours and their technology is more advanced than hours, so they are greater than us.
It`s possible that somewhere there is something or things so much more advanced than humans that from a human perspective it/they would have divine power. It wouldn`t take all that much - modern humanity could easily be seen as godlike to a bronze age peasant, just from the differences in technology.
That`s not religion. It`s acknowledging a possibility of something plausible.
Sunday, August 26, 2012 8:50:59 PM
Am I the only person in the world that was raised with a healthy dose of both religion and science?
Everyone is raised with what someone considers a healthy dose of both. I, for example, consider it deeply unhealthy to indoctrinate a child with religion. So I'd consider no religion to be the healthy dose for a child.
[quote]The two don`t have to be mutually exclusive.[/quote]
Yes, they do. Most religions require belief that their god(s) created humans. That`s mutually exclusive with science. Religion usually discourages thought because it places superhuman importance on obedience to the religion. Religion also places superhuman importance on faith, which is exactly the opposite mindset to science.
It`s not impossible to be a theist and a scientist, but only if you keep them mutually exclusive. They`re totally different things and should never be confused with each other.
Sunday, August 26, 2012 5:19:03 PM
Am I the only person in the world that was raised with a healthy dose of both religion and science? The two don't have to be mutually exclusive. While I shy away from organized religion, I have my own personal faith, mostly Christian with many ideals from other religions such as Buddhism. I also believe that the bible shouldn`t be taken literally. It was written by man, an imperfect and fallible creature. However, I personally feel that there is nothing wrong with accepting the fact that perhaps there is something out there that is greater than all of us. Faith, however, should not be blind. We were given free will and intelligence for a reason. We were meant to question, invent, and better ourselves. It is this search for answers (scientific and religious) that brings humanity together. Humanity can never be united until we learn to find the value in every idea, doctrine, and creed.