Faith in science?

You say that atheists try to have as little faith as possible, but atheists have just as much faith as Christians do. Atheists have faith that science will eventually solve all problems. Atheists have faith that there will one day be a unified theory of physics. Atheists have faith that the origin of life on earth will be discovered. Neither of these things can be proven. I’d even say that there is more proof that God exists than proof of any of these things.

I don’t have faith that science will eventually solve all problems or that there will one day be a unified theory of physics. In fact, some questions are definitely beyond science’s reach because they either are not in the realm of science (as with questions about morality and ethics) or there is no way for science to investigate them (the question of precisely how life began on Earth may fit into this category).

Posted on October 27, 2009 at 7:35 pm by ideclare · Permalink
In: About atheism

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  1. Written by Joakim Rosqvist
    on October 28, 2009 at 4:20 am
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    Would you agree that you have faith that scientific research will eventually turn out to be a more useful way of finding answers to the above questions as compared to praying for an answer or trying to find it in a ancient text?

    • Written by ideclare
      on October 28, 2009 at 9:17 am
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      Assuming we’re talking about areas that science addresses (as opposed to morality, for example), then I would say not that I have faith that science will be more useful, but that I trust science will be more accurate because in the past that has been the case.

  2. Written by Ryan
    on October 30, 2009 at 4:27 pm
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    I believe you’re confusing faith with hope. Faith is a belief that is not based on proof (that is the actual definition, look it up if you care to), while hope is to look forward to for desire. I definitely hope, that is desire, that science will solve problems, but this is not a desire that is has no proof to back it up. I only hope that science will solve problems because I have reason to believe it will happen based on the amazing things science has accomplished in the past and present.

    • Written by ideclare
      on October 30, 2009 at 9:07 pm
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      As you suggested, I looked up the definition of “faith”. Definition #1 on Dictionary.com: “confidence or trust in a person or thing”. The definition you mention is definition #2, so both are legitimate.

      I understand your point, but I don’t think you are correct about the vocabulary.

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