A FaceBook friend just shared a post called The Myth of Separate Magisteria that argues that Steven Jay Gould’s premise of Non-Overlapping Magisteria is flawed.
“One might as well say that conflict arises between men and women only when they stray onto each other’s territories and stir up trouble. Science produces discoveries that challenge long-held beliefs (not only religious ones) based on revelation rather than evidence, and the religious must decide whether to battle or accommodate secular knowledge if it contradicts their teachings.
I usually claim NOMA when pressed on whether Science can disprove God. The realms of revelation vs. evidence can be kept separate as long as religion keeps stepping back as verifiable research claims ever more territory.
Scientific understanding will keep stepping on religions skirts until the faithful stick to claims that can only be held on faith, and stop claiming “truth” about things for which there is contradictory evidence.
God is a fuzzy and non-falsifiable idea. Science will never disprove God. But it has disproved most of what the Bible claims about God’s involvement in nature, the Earth, and the Universe.
So these ways of looking at the universe do overlap, until such time as the weaker one bows out of the territory. As with the flat Earth, the Sin theory of gravity, the God’s Pillars principle of Earthquakes, God’s Wrath principle of extreme weather, the Geocentric universe, the Young Earth, and so on.
I’m looking for a single word to capture this attitude, perhaps an entirely new word:
I really appreciate that you’re doing important task for me without any compensation. I don’t know anyone else capable of doing it at all, and it’s miraculous that you are doing it at all, and doing it this quickly, but could you please do even faster? And could you do it more often? But thank you so very much!
Bald Machiavellian compliments, just enough compliments and pleasantries to keep the volunteer going . . .