annie wrote:Advocates of science do not, at last count, sit in large places of worship praising fantasy beings just for the sake of it.
And yet there are scientists who do indeed sit in large places of worship, doing as they feel is right. I'm reasonably sure that the majority of them won't be doing so simply "for the sake of it".
annie wrote:There is no such thing as a "religion of science".
Not an official one (as far as I know), however there are some people who use science exactly as some religious people use their religion - most often the type of person who flatly refuses to believe something can be true because it's not in an encyclopedia/textbook/research paper.
annie wrote:There have been many, many millions of things that science has proved, but religions cannot prove their dogma and therein lies the core of the issue. It is a faith issue... "I do not need proof because I have faith"... translated as "I want to believe this story and as a result I don't need anyone to prove it is true"
They cannot prove their dogma to people who rationalise away their proofs with other explanations. As to your translation I think you're missing what faith is, and assuming that everyone strictly believes the same thing as other members of the religion - some people treat religious texts as metaphors and others as the word of god. But as soon as they say "it's not literally true, it's..." they get cut off by the rampant atheist who goes "no, that's because it's complete bollocks" and refuses to listen to the message.
annie wrote:One thing is certain... As the centuries roll by, we can be sure that science will constantly reveal more about the world around us. Religion can make no such claim, since it is a "static" belief system.
I'm reasonably sure religions develop, adapt and so forth. (Why otherwise would there be so many different versions of Christianity?) I'm sure theologians, historians and many other people could wax lyrically on the point. Is it what's discovered or how it's interpreted that's important? The interpretation is surely based in society, and religion (or lack thereof) is undoubtedly an influence of society.