Better to keep religion private

IN RESPONSE to Tom McCarthy’s question, do I think some scientists are motivated by their beliefs?

I think the broad answer has to be a tentative no. I have no desire to stoke up the religion v science debate again. It’s no surprise that scientists from religious eras would have been religious. Isaac Newton was also a devout alchemist. It’s no mystery that home-schooled Christian children might go on to university to become valuable players in science and remain Christian (in Prof Collins’ case). The contributions and works of these great inquisitive minds were in spite of their religiosity, and not because they simply accepted ‘God did it’ as an answer. I can’t know what it feels like to have faith, but I do know what it feels like to see people imposing their will on the rest of us and tearing the world to shreds every time I pick up a paper or switch on the television because of faith. What a beautiful place the world might be if everyone kept their religion private, then I could forget that I was ever an atheist at all.

P C Neilson, Dorset Crescent, Newport

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9:03am Mon 12 Nov 12

Mervyn James says...

The Bible empowered people to seek the truth, it backfired day one in genesis when Adam decided to think for himself.. There is no 'conflict of interest' in being a Christian and seeking out God in a more practical way..... You cannot keep religious belief private, that is suppression. Since you would have to enforce it with all religions... impossible. If people want to worship trees why not ? has to be more ethical and a lot less confrontational than some religions we see ! (Which probably need suppressing really).
The Bible empowered people to seek the truth, it backfired day one in genesis when Adam decided to think for himself.. There is no 'conflict of interest' in being a Christian and seeking out God in a more practical way..... You cannot keep religious belief private, that is suppression. Since you would have to enforce it with all religions... impossible. If people want to worship trees why not ? has to be more ethical and a lot less confrontational than some religions we see ! (Which probably need suppressing really). Mervyn James
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1:41am Wed 14 Nov 12

P C Neilson says...

Kind of off the issue Mervyn, but yes I agree that people should be allow to practice whatever wacky belief they want. I'm all for secularism and against legislation on this topic. The problem is that christianity and islam want special preference by way of changing laws that will favour their particular creed, especially on issues that is neither their right or business to call on. A secular society is a disgusting idea to these people.
Kind of off the issue Mervyn, but yes I agree that people should be allow to practice whatever wacky belief they want. I'm all for secularism and against legislation on this topic. The problem is that christianity and islam want special preference by way of changing laws that will favour their particular creed, especially on issues that is neither their right or business to call on. A secular society is a disgusting idea to these people. P C Neilson
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