I love fossils. The mere existance throws a bigs wrench into the whole religion thing. It took me many years to admit it, but facts is facts.

I love carbon dating. Besides the fact that I have not had any other types of dates lately, carbon dating proves we are older than the 'great story' says.

Science is based on gathered and tested knowledge. I find it interesting that those of 'faith' turn to the same science they despise when they are ill or injured. Why wont god heal them? I dont like to attack any persons beliefs. I truely understand 'if you believe it, it must be true'.

I have heard persons of faith say to children that fossils were placed on Earth by satan as a means of confusing the children of god. Really? Is that the best you can come up with? The the next day you are at the doctors office getting a injection for allergies. Satan put that injection there to confuse you. What are you doing?

Sorry for the rant.

I guess what I am trying to say is:

How can a person attack science to support religious beliefs and then embrace science when the health need is there?

My father once said to me there is never an athiest in a foxhole. Out of respect I kept my thoughts to myself.

Most wars that require foxholes are at least partially caused by these religions so deeply embraced in our world.

Good Day All :)

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Comment by Grace Fitzpatrick on October 2, 2010 at 9:33am
Actually, I don't. My daughter found a fossil and we looked up what it was together. I am not really that good at science at all. It wasn't hard to find, because it was the most common plant fossil in my area.
Comment by Patrick B on October 2, 2010 at 8:52am
Thanks Brett, that makes sense. Wish I could just poof things into and out of being.
Grace, You know more of the techno stuff than I. It is all interesting :)
Comment by Brett W. Miller on October 2, 2010 at 7:41am
As far as embracing science in one area and attacking it it in another area it's pretty simple. Things like medicine doesn't threaten the overall belief, or at least not in any way that they can't make excuses for. Things like Darwin saying that animals evolved over hundreds of millions of year as opposed to simply poofing into being does threated the belief. Whatever parts they can use to help themselves while not challenging their faith they will use, whatever parts seem to directly challenge it they decry as the work of satan. The fact that the same process led to both conclusions simply doesn't compute for them.

They start from the answer and simply throw out anything that conflicts. Science starts from the question and tries to find the answer.
Comment by Grace Fitzpatrick on October 1, 2010 at 8:51pm
Okay, I was wrong. the oldest known giant sequoia is 3,500 years old. I just looked it up.
Comment by Grace Fitzpatrick on October 1, 2010 at 8:49pm
There are a lot of fossil hunters in my area, but the only fossil anyone in my family ever found was of a plant. It was a Crinoid genus Cupulo-crinus. Yes, I had to look it up again. My daughter found a section of one of these a few months ago. I have found some bivalves when I was growing up in Kansas. Did you ever notice how creationist focus on the evolution of people and nothing else. They always hon right on the so called "missing link" in human heritage, but entirely ignore all the other species of plants and animals for which we have the entire chain. I am not an expert on plant life, but I am guessing that we actually have many plants around today that have changed very little over the past hundreds of millions of years.

In fact, I understand that some of the giant sequoia in California actually lived during the dinosaur years. I will have to look up to see if that is true.
Comment by Patrick B on October 1, 2010 at 6:23pm
Sorry Grace. I do not. The History channel and NatGeo sometimes have some good programs.
Comment by Grace Fitzpatrick on September 30, 2010 at 2:24pm
I like fossils, too, mainly because I think they are cool. Do you know of any good documentaries on prehistoric plants? I have seen tons of cool ones on animals, but none on planets.



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