aliasant wrote:Wasnt that more of a faked "science" to "prove" an idea and to sell an agenda?
Much of it was considered consistent with the scientific theories of the time - and you only have to look at the debates about the true 'meaning' of quantum physics to see scientists with different mind-sets drawing different conclusions from the same data. Not so much a distortion of science, as cherry-picking only those bits of it that agree with a particular prejudice.
Similarly, the vast majority of Christians and Muslims would point to the guidance in their holy books, and correctly point out that, whatever your attitude to the 'fairy stories', they generally promote tolerance and peaceful co-existence.
For example, to most Muslims the translation of 'Jihad' as 'Holy War' is a gross distortion, it's meaning is more akin to "striving to make the living world more like heaven". Equally, there are some Christians who spend a lot of time trying scare us all with the horrors of the Book of Revelations, yet seem to forget all about the positive, humanitarian fables about Jesus.
That was my main reason for turning away from religion - I smelled something fishy when I realised that the same God couldn't make his mind up if I should turn the other cheek or take an eye for an eye. At least science (when done properly) tries to be consistent - but don't let the equations fool you into thinking that it is 'truth', it is still only ever an 'explanation' or 'interpretation'.
Even if religion is a bad thing, the only part of it that science can replace is the "how does the universe work, where did it come from?" part. Science will never 'prove' that killing another human in cold blood is 'evil' as it is not a scientific hypothesis, but a moral judgment. There will always need to be something outside of science to give us the wisdom to know how to use the knowledge we discover, and to guide the way we construct our societies - whether it is 'God' or just that seeing another human treated cruelly make us cringe.
Or maybe the aliens will come and save us from ourselves!