Re: The Baha'i (Was Re: Evolution - Creationism Debate)

Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Sun, 29 Aug 1999 01:15:27 -0500

David Lubkin wrote:
> Second -- perhaps because it was formed during the Age of Science
> -- they believe that when scientific discoveries conflict with
> religious teachings, the teachings should be discarded in favor of
> what science has found. Where some religions feel that their holy
> books are the literal word of God, they believe that their books
> are a fallible human's best attempt to write down what God said.
> But science is observing God's work directly.

Yes, people, it is possible to be religious and reasonable. And let's all REMEMBER this the next time somebody starts whaling on religion! Just because the anti-science lunatics get all the publicity doesn't mean they're all anti-science lunatics! (I mean, weren't we just worrying about that happening to transhumanism?)

Why pick fights? Speaking as a Singularitarian, I bet a surprising percentage of believers - not leaders, maybe, but certainly ordinary people - would be perfectly willing to suspend religious fights for the next thirty years on the theory that we'll get the answers soon enough...

           Eliezer S. Yudkowsky
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