Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Supernatural v. Science

It's a restatement of the much often used phrase "science v. religion".  Interesting thought, there, as the Pope is now mixing religion with science.

I may be mistaken, but the supernatural is the defining characteristic of religion.  If it isn't supernatural, it isn't religious.  Or maybe some religions.  Don't know if supernaturalism takes any part of Buddhism.  Probably not, come to think of it.  But if supernaturalism is the defining characteristic of a religion, then Buddhism isn't isn't a religion.

For sake of this discussion, let's say that it is because the Abrahamic religions have the supernaturalist component.

For those who don't believe in the supernatural then, these people are agnostics or atheists.

Here could be a stunner.  There can be no conflict between supernatural and science.  Science cannot prove nor disprove the supernatural.  If it could, it would no longer be supernatural.  How then can there be a conflict?  They do not enter the same space.  There can only be a conflict between those who believe that there could be or is definitely a supernatural, or those who do not.  It is not a conflict about ideas, but it is a conflict between people who hold those ideas.

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