Fallacy Files, "Atheists worship science like a god".
Fallacy Files "Atheists worship science like a god".
I recently ran into this tired and completely false accusation that rears it's ugly head every now and then. To the theists who falsely do this, I might ask you the following. Do you have churches dedicated to the worship of cell phones? Do you have churches dedicated to the worship of medicine? Do you have churches dedicated to the worship of modern transportation?
Science is a tool, not a religion. It is why you have computers and cell phones and why we have hybrid cars and no longer use horse and buggies. And any ethical scientist does not want, or should not want their positions on scientific claims to be taboos to be blindly worshiped. An ethical scientist is going to want their claim have the shit kicked out of it. If it can withstand the scrutiny and still applies to a universal level, it is a human discovery beyond our personal labels. It is why a Jew and a Muslim and a Hindu and an atheist can all use cell phones, computers, and see doctors when we get sick. Science is not a religion, it is a tool.
Accusing atheists of worshiping Dawkins is as stupid as saying we worship the fact that the earth rotates around the sun. That is a fact, facts, unlike naked assertions, do not need to be worshiped, and are facts because they are not simply accepted, but observed and tested. Because we have over time mapped out the stars, and eventually modern telescopes, we don't have to blindly accept it, we KNOW it because of testable falsifiable data.
Religion is worshiped, it is the hollow and selfish demand of others to placate personal fantasy. That attitude is completely unacceptable in any respectable scientific setting. The tool of science is the opposite of worship. It its the strict quality control of observation and testing and does not, nor should ever rely on blind faith. Something faith is afraid of, something scientists should never be afraid of.
Atheists do not have churches with statues of Dawkins. We are not mindless robots. We still have emotions, families and flaws, because unlike the religious, we accept that humans are part of nature and nature is flawed. We don't need faith to know nature is flawed, we observe it all the time.
America and the west, during the cold war, people of all religious stripes, watched in amazement as Neil Armstrong landed on the moon. SCIENCE did that, and none of that accomplishment could have been physically built in any holy house of worship. Should I accuse theists of worshiping Neil Armstrong? Could he have done that by simply praying to a volcano, or to the sun, or to Vishnu? Or could it be the scientific tool got humans to the moon, regardless of the personal beliefs of humans?
So to theists, please stop this childish attempt to paint atheists as godless monsters. It is as stupid as reacting to someone telling you the moon is not made of cheese. The only thing made of cheese is your Swiss Cheese arguments, full of holes and as moldy and old as faith itself. Faith is nothing more than Santa for adults.
Faith runs from scrutiny, science faces it.
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