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Jun 29, 2006 00:23 # 43183

xavierenigma *** posts about...

The most prominent religion

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Islam, Christianity, Hinduism are typically considered the most prominent religions in the world. This follows a narrow definition of religion which requires some belief in a deity or other supernatural phenomena. I prefer to use a wider definition of religion requiring that the religion have a system of beliefs which cannot be proven nor falsified. This widens the spectrum.

Following the definition of religion as a system of beliefs, one could include science. It is built upon "scientifically proven" beliefs but requires faith nonetheless. Science, being a system of beliefs, is essentially a religion.

There are many that do not believe and even dispute major religions such as Islam and Christianity but there are very few if any people that dispute the fundamentals of science. Science is the closet system of beliefs to being universally accepted.

Science must be the most prominent religion.

If science is indeed the most prominent religion, why has it not replaced other major belief systems?

Perhaps because science, like all other belief systems, is not absolute. Science cannot discredit an alternate religion anymore than an alternate religion can discredit science. Will a single religion ever prevail?

Or perhaps because science continues to present unknowns and unexplained phenomena leaving holes for other religions to fill. Will science eventually fill the holes and replace other religions?

I believe I have reached the point in the philosophical trail where I have more questions than answers.

Jun 29, 2006 08:28 # 43200

Hawkeye *** replies...

Re: The most prominent religion

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If science is indeed the most prominent religion, why has it not replaced other major belief systems?

What makes you so sure that it hasn't? How many athiests trust only what they see as evidence of anything?

Arguably, I'd guess there are more people in modern society which believe so strongly in what facts are given to them than there are people who believe what their faith professes. It is almost so common, it is impossible to see.

In an earlier time, when superstitions were the way, one could not persuade a true christian that the world was round, even with evidence to support his claim.

It makes me wonder what days will come from this trend. If people are losing their beliefs for religion and seeing more and more of only what scientists claim to be true or false, will religion be seen as a thing of the past in the future?

"If I die of a heart attack eating bacon, I'll be a happy man." -My father

Jun 29, 2006 18:17 # 43204

charlie *** replies...

Re: The most prominent religion

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Xavierenigma, interesting logic trail, but I think you need to develop it more. Hopefully further discussion will help. :) Thanks for furthering the intelligent discussion here at NAO. We've been on vacation for too long here.

If people are losing their beliefs for religion and seeing more and more of only what scientists claim to be true or false, will religion be seen as a thing of the past in the future?

But there are also some punks out there who won't believe anything science says, simply because it is science. Like many things what is said does not matter as much as how it is said. Scientists need to realize that many people do not have a background in science, and premises they assume to be stable make no sense to the average citizen.

In short, science will not be widely believed in until scientists can communicate with and respect the average layperson and their views.

On a side note:

When superstitions were the way, one could not persuade a true christian that the world was round, even with evidence to support his claim.

I think our definition of what it means to be a true follower of anything needs to change. People must be open to considering other points of view if we ever want to get along on this planet. And it's happening, but it's slow progress.

Please contiune to vote AND post.

Jul 06, 2006 12:51 # 43241

WASABI *** replies...

Re: The most prominent religion

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What I don't agree with in your post is comparing science to a religion. Religions are based on faith. In fact, "faith" can be used as a term for "religion". Science, on the other hand, relies on absence of faith. All scientific advance is based on sceptiscism, which is the opposite of faith.

:wq

Jul 28, 2006 01:58 # 43289

c_b * throws in his two cents...

Re: The most prominent religion

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I understand what you mean by science being accepted on faith (And thus being a religion) as most of the time the only people that can verify scientific claims are the scientists themselves. However, the difference between science and a religion is that science has offered so much to our daily lives; how can one surf the internet, drive a car, make a phone-call, watch TV, or even do the dishes without accepting science not as a faith, but as truth?

The scientific method has proven again and again through these and similar luxuries that it posesses the best method for explaining our universe (That being a self correcting method, and being practically applicable).


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