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Ugh. I strongly dislike and disagree with equating "faith" in M Theory and religious "faith". Faith in a scientific hypothesis is tentative intuitional belief contingent upon future experimental support. Religious faith is made in the absence of any evidence, and in explicit denial that evidence can be brought to bear on the question. Often it is held with total certainty. This leaves no possibility or method of future revision or mind-changing.Completely different.Both involve a degree of uncertainty (for a scientific hypothesis, it is unashamedly uncertain), for a religious faith, it is usually declared certain but subconsciously acknowledged as uncertain. That is, as far as I can tell, the only way in which they are simliar. But that doesn't make them equal.
Does God Exist?Religion is regarded by the common people as True, by the wise as False, and by the rulers as Useful. <blockquote>"Religion Ruled The Dark Ages."</blockquote>Trust those who seek the truth, doubt those who have found it.The less you know, the more you believe.<blockquote>"Religion are just cults with more members."</blockquote>The truth will set you free but first it will make you angry.Did the universe need a designer and creator?Read The Book-Trailler of Stephen Hawking's "The Grand Design" at http://bit.ly/TheGrandDesign
Does God Exist?Religion is regarded by the common people as True, by the wise as False, and by the rulers as Useful. Religion are just cults with more members. Religion Ruled The Dark Ages.Trust those who seek the truth, doubt those who have found it.The less you know, the more you believe.The truth will set you free but first it will make you angry.Did the universe need a designer and creator?Read The Book-Trailler of Stephen Hawking's "The Grand Design"http://bit.ly/TheGrandDesign
Even the committed faithful are entering a grey area when it comes to defining what they mean by "god" and "faith". I truly think progress has been made.
What utter crap! There is something uniquely British about having on a couple of accommodationists to say "well, let's not be too hasty here, Mr. Hawking!"My suggestion is this: press one of these two guests to define exactly what role they believe god to play in creation, then say "alright, hold that thought. Now come with me to a church in the American midwest." I guarantee you, you'll find that the nebulous quantum god of the gaps in no way resembles the god that the majority of self-described christians believe in.
On the question of non-believibg clergy, this is interesting.http://whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com/2010/03/18/dennett-and-lascola-study-on-nonbelieving-clergy/
Sorry, that belonged on another thread.
I cringe when people use the term Faith with regards to science. Though the term may be the right one in the correct context, the term is also tainted with its supernatiral origins.I prefer using "Confidence" in stead. "I have confidence in a theory", or rather "I have a high degree of confidence that the evidence is supporting the theory"Unlike "Faith", you can have degrees of "confidence"Just my 2 cents, which happens to have be worth less than they used to :)
Still a good read though.