So here is some historical context to set the stage for what I am about to say. Over the last hundred years of so Christians (especially fundamentalist) have been making comments based on their zeal for their faith. Not that they were wrong for the most part, but they did not use any sort of evidence or data, or science that the world would lend credibility to. They would just say things like “the earth was created in six days because that is what the Bible says” As an evangelical I like the phrase “because the Bible says so” but as someone that realizes that I live in the world I know how little weight that argument holds with, well, everyone else. I personally like data and fact and evidence, I think that it brings great credibility to what people say. I also know that data, facts, and evidence are tools that are brought to bear by bias people. And there is the rub, many scientists today are operating with more religious zeal than a Bible thumping, hell fire and brimstone, turn or burn, screamin’ from the pulpit fundamentalist preacher.
Please understand that I am not going to address one single current event because I am positive that this will turn off people that have opinions one way or another. What I want to address is science. When I see the news I find that science is no longer being practiced by scientists, and data is being skewed or blown out of proportion so much that there is no actual way to get back to the facts. Then they do something highly scientific, they get lots of other people to buy into what was bias from the beginning. Consensus on bad science does not make good science. Science today starts with a bias, goes about finding evidence to prove it, tries to convert followers, and then tries to dissuade anyone from arguing that it is not true. Does this process sound familiar?
“Look at this boys and girls, this is how cults are made.”
This process is more of a religious process than a scientific one. And here is the funny thing, I can use the process I learned in elementary school to do science. Science says that I observe, develop a hypothesis, go about experimentation to see if the hypothesis is correct, and then something magical happens. If the hypothesis is wrong I have to start over, not skew the data to prove my hypothesis.
I am just so happy right now because I can now look at scientists, politicians, and celebrities pushing the “science” of the day with the same arrogant contempt that they have looked at me with for so many years. Not that I will, but I could. They are now just as religious as me, maybe more so. So go ahead those of you that believe in Jesus, feel free to loose the chains of oppression set upon you by those that have tried to prove Christianity a farce. The very people that once made it their religion to try to disprove Christianity have now set their sights on starting a new religion. Now that they have done that we can start treating them with disdain and they can set their sights on developing a music program.