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To: BenKenobi

Good comments. I’m looking forward to more of Fr. Cantalamessa’s remarks next week. I have several of his books. I find his comparison of Orthodox and Western thought to be very informative.

One point he did not bring up, but might have, is how often “science” gives information that is just plain wrong. For a person of faith, there’s not much percentage in twisting one’s beliefs to accommodate “science” due to the chance that what you’re being told is either honestly erroneous or flat-out falsified.


10 posted on 12/05/2010 3:58:57 AM PST by Tax-chick (We know that terrorists are Moslems. I repeat, we know that terrorists are Moslems.)
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To: Tax-chick

That’s a feature of science. Scientists should be happy when we know enough to know that our theories were wrong.

The argument isn’t really between faith and science, but rather, what is the real purpose of science? There are very good reasons why science cannot answer all questions, and never will be able to answer all questions, and never ought to be able to answer all questions.

That, of course, doesn’t mean that the pursuit of empirical knowledge is pointless, quite the opposite. A well-defined and understood empiricism benefits science. Part of the problem that we are having right now, and part of the hindrance to science, is that scientists aren’t taught empiricism, and why that epistemology is essential to what they do.


11 posted on 12/05/2010 9:27:27 AM PST by BenKenobi (Don’t worry about being effective. Just concentrate on being faithful to the truth.)
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