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Science and Religion: No Relation

Updated on December 10, 2012

One of my first posts is titled, "What Are Elements?" Admittedly, it's not very in depth or well written. I was testing the waters, and trying to determine if there was any interest in science on hubpages. I'm still undecided on how much of a demand exists for science articles, but I'm pretty sure there is only a minority audience. A hubpage member named Shahid Bukhari is the lone commenter on my very brief primer on elements, and he is insistent about debating religion even though I tried to explain science and religion are unrelated.

To anyone who feels like writing similar comments on my articles, let me re-share what I told Shahid (who, by the way, utterly ignored my reply and chose to write a long, ranting and condescending message about what he feels is an enlightened position instead).

This is my comment:

"Hi Shahid.

I don't understand why you're discussing religion in response to a post about elements. Religion and science have nothing to do with each other. Both are means used by people to explain our universe, but one is based in faith and feels it already has the answers. The other, science, approaches understanding of our universe by asking questions.

Scientists use the scientific method to test a hypothesis. The resulting data is analyzed and a conclusion is made. However, this is not the end, because the experiment must be repeated by other scientists and the results have to be analyzed further. A good scientist does not approach a problem by assuming he already knows the answer. Anyone who uses the scientific method in this manner loses credibility immediately. A scientist questions, and this is all.

So, if you're confusing me with celebrity atheists like Richard Dawkins who have discovered there is probably more money and fame in bashing religion than simply keeping their fascinating posts as members of the science community, then you should probably reconsider what it means to be a scientist or a person interested in science. I do not have all the answers, nor will I ever, but I am a firm advocate of *questioning everything*!

I will see if I can follow-up on your questions in a future hub and better explain atoms. Thanks for your comment."


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