This is my response to those who complain about so-called “scientism”. Science has quite clearly been demonstrated to be the most powerful method yet devised for distinguishing between that which is or isn’t most probably true. I don’t see any evidence to suggest that religion (or “spirituality” or “faith” or which ever other euphemism one might employ to avoid admitting to being religious) has ever had anything useful to contribute to the conversation.
A friend of mine sent this to me today, just in case of the unlikely event that he and I aren’t already on some kind of watch list. I suppose that if it’s shared often enough, the key words in it will cease to be useful to the NSA and other so-called “security” organizations:
Hey! How’s it going? I’m all right.
My job is so shitty I wish I could overthrow my boss. It’s like this oppressive regime where only true believers in his management techniques will stay around. I work marathon-length hours and he’s made all these changes that have made it the worst architecture firm to work at in Manhattan. Like he moved the office to the Financial District and fired my assistant. She was the only one who knew where the blueprints were! I need access to those blueprints to complete my job! F my life, right? And he keeps trying to start all these new initiatives to boost revenue, but seriously we just need to stick to what we do best. There’s only one true profit center. I seriously feel ready to go on strike at any second.
In the Facebook group, Creation Evolution Debate, one Christian creationist user posted the following question, apparently equating the acceptance of the evidence for evolution with atheism:
“Say there is no God, and you are basically good.” Then, where does evil come from? And where does suffering come from? And why do people die?
I responded as follows: