Science is often held up as the counterpart to religion, as if to imply that religion is for those “too stupid” to understand or accept science. It is a favoured hobby of the atheists (ah, generalizations: it makes critique so much easier!) to point to the overwhelming atheism amongst highly educated people and scientists, and conversely the theists reply by mentioning great scientists that were/are religious, to show that there is no contradiction in “believing” in both science and religion. The conclusion is readily apparent, of course: there are contradictions, but inconsistency of belief, thoughts and emotions is a prominent feature of man.
There is perhaps no greater example of this than most of these “believers in science” themselves. How often do they not criticise (abrahamic) religions for the problem of evil: How can a good god allow good humans to suffer – but here they have overstepped their own boundary, by using the word “good”. The belief that science holds the answer to everything in nature, and that we are just a part of nature – with the direct implication that human behaviour, thought and emotion are part of nature, and therefore subject to the laws of nature – does this not remove any possibility of free will? My dear evolutionists, at which point in the cycle of evolution did the mass of physical matter that is a cell come together and develop something that is beyond the laws of nature which govern this cycle? Yet still, despite this impossibility directly implied by their own way of thinking (or their own belief of how one should think, to be correct), they have no qualms using and believing in concepts as good and evil, and deserve. How can one deserve if one cannot choose?
How natural does not these concepts feel? – and how natural is not the thought of free will? Dear skeptics, do you not understand that to the religious, the existence of god feels equally natural? Only when the skeptics turn their skepticism to these concepts and ideas will they be deserving of their name. Perhaps we should realize that belief is a natural state for Man.