[This is the transcript of my regular KVMR commentary broadcast on 26 July 2013.]
New levels of social justice are being sought in our military. The very same people who militate for separating church and state in all corners of public life are now demanding to have their fair share of padres in the armed services. Actually, in the military men of God are called chaplains, and now (seatbelts please) atheists are demanding that the military provide them the comfort of a compassionate chaplain who shares their religion. (more here)
Did I say religion? Yes, atheism is a religion because it satisfies the requirements of a distinct faith in the structure, organization, and origin of the cosmos and everything in it. Let’s not confuse the atheist with the agnostic. An agnostic is a person whose belief system is moot about the existence or absence of God, Creator, Universal Intelligence, or whatever you want to call it. An agnostic believes that God’s existence is either unknown, or more strongly, that it is unknowable. (more here)
This is a distinct difference from the atheists, who sometimes also call themselves humanists, and who believe strongly that there is no God. They have had their case made by notables like physicist Stephen Hawking and evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins. Their philosophy is the ‘turtles all the way down’ theory of cosmology. Mankind will just keep discovering ever more esoteric layers of scientific knowledge, each of which underpins all the previous layers of our understanding. Research without end, Amen.
But unfortunately, atheists can claim no science to back up their professions of God’s absence. You see, science is a biped, it advances only on the principles of falsifiability and Occam’s razor. The latter resolves questions between two competing theories which explain all the known observations and data, and then selects the simplest of the two for further exploration. Falsifiability is the bedrock principle of science. Every proposed theory of science must be such that it can describe tests or realworld experiments, which if it fails, would cause it to be discarded as a description of truth about our universe.