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AMORAL SCIENCE BRAINLESS RELIGION---two World views [Kindle Edition]

Ernest Kinnie
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A short essays considering the strengths and weaknesses of the two great interpreters of reality in our culture, science and religion.

From Amoral Science---Brainless Religion:
The quality of the ideas and beliefs held by an individual or organization can best be judged by their willingness to be exposed to alternative ideas and beliefs, competently and forcefully presented. Only after such a fair hearing can an informed decision be made about their relative merit. So argued John Stuart Mill in his short book, On Liberty. In that spirit, this paper considers the strengths and weaknesses of the two great interpreters of reality in our culture, science and religion.

An honest dialogue has often been made toxic by too many people among such groups as secular humanists and fundamentalist Christians who cherry pick history, straw man the other side, and indulge in sad, mean-spirited ad-hominem attacks. For instance, secular humanists I have known greatly enjoy making fun of and trivializing religion. Along with the hopelessly irrational literal interpretations of the bible, the horrors perpetrated by religion in the name of love are pictured in detail and living color. The politics of the far right is seen as an attempt to return to the good old days, when rack and stake will once again put the fear of Almighty God in the hearts of Satan and his minions, and anyone else who doesn’t grovel low enough. And, the examination of religion is usually left there, with a fervent recommitment to the fight for rationality and freedom, wherever ignorance and superstition are found. Such fine words indeed stir the soul.

And I have known fundamentalists who do much the same. They point out science has no morality, and the tools of destruction created by godless, atheistic scientists have caused more suffering and death than all of the religious wars put together. The picture of amoral scientists spreading terror and pain, and threatening all life on this beautiful planet is not pretty. And imagine the terrified last moments of all those millions and millions of innocent, little babies dying in horrible agony, killed by doctors trained in the scientific tradition who care more for money than the sanctity of life. More than ample justification for an even greater commitment to the Holy Crusade to spread God’s Love and Mercy to all mankind.

The ideologues on both sides trivialize and demonize, easily knock down the straw men they create, and have a fine time stomping the stuffing into the mud. There is some truth in how each views the other, but the selectivity and exaggerations are a little less than honest. Hopefully the following will be a bit more even-handed.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars subtlely and certainly dangerous February 6, 2013
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while this paper is right in encouraging us not to set up straw men it is dangerous to suggest that there is a fact/value distinction. if the teachings of a religion aint true then of what value is it. also if a scientific theory is not true is it of any scientfic worth. also the book subtelly leads to skepticism as it makes religious truth n scientific truths mutually exclusive. all truth can be verfied atleast beyond reasonable doubt. problems arise if use the wrong test of truth. i acknowledge you cant verify a historical claim in a science lab but u can verify it in other ways
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4.0 out of 5 stars Religion and Science shouldn't be at odds... October 29, 2011
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AMORAL SCIENCE----BRAINLESS RELIGION & HOW TO CREATE USEFUL IDIOTS by PhD Ernest Kinnie is a set of papers describing how science and religion are separate entities that really have nothing to do with each other, but that scientific and religious communities have constantly pushed them into conflict. Kinnie believes that neither topic is capable of being judged or debunked by the other; they are like separate languages.


I enjoyed these papers and Kinnie's opinions on both religion and science. I found that they provoked many philosophical thoughts and discussions, especially since I am a microbiologist who believes in a higher power. Very enjoyable, and great material for debate.

Rating: On the Run (4.5/5)

***I received this ebook from LibraryThing Member Giveaways in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great read! November 29, 2013
By Patrick
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This was a great book, very well written and I think that all religious nutcases should read it, problem is they don't have open minds!
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5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars! August 22, 2013
By Laura S
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I really enjoyed this and the insight which it offered . I would recommend this short but powerful book to anyone who recognises that there is a problem with the way atheists and fundi's see each other and the "whose more right" conversations that take place between them.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars a good read July 18, 2011
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This is an interesting short book by Ernest Kinnie about science and religion and the fact that they often appear to be in conflict, but they really are not. Some scientists and some from the religion community think that they are in conflict but Kinnie shows us how they are speaking two languages and neither is capable of judging the other. It would be about like judging history by algebra, they do not speak the same languages. Enjoyed it.

J. Robert Ewbank author "John Wesley, Natural Man, and the 'Isms'"
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My friend Janis Hoffman, who wishes to remain anonymous, is writing about the wild adventures of a highly intelligent, self-centered brat, Alice, who discovers the ancient Egyptian World of Shadow and runs circles around people at UC Berkeley.

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