I accept that pretty much nothing outside Maths was ever proved. But on the basis of evidence and demonstration, I have to say the science is more believable.
Does anyone remember what happened when Edwin Hubble found evidence for a universe that has more than just one galaxy? He wrote to opposition asking him to check his maths. Then he got a reply saying "...It has destroyed my universe..." I wonder if we will ever see the Pope in Vantican, or wherever, saying "...It has destoryed my God..." Conc. Religious people will never admit their mistake.
"When you have understood why you dismiss other people's Gods, then you will understand why I dismiss your God"
I honestly believe that scientists are willing to believe in a god should they find evidence to support His existence. But I don't think that it will ever happen.
The thing which always gets me is how religious people seem to live by the paradigm:
"Lack of disproof for the existence of God implies the existence of God."
This is about as logically flawed as it can get, and if such an inference were used for other more day-to-day aspects of our life, its inherent flaws are very evident and you would be called a nutter.
Think about it. I could apply it almost any way I wanted. Let's say I wanted to prove that a donkey with four heads and fifty legs lives on Jupiter (incidentally this donkey has evolved to be able to exist successfully on a gas giant). Well, due to the distance of Jupiter from us and the thickness of its atmosphere, we are not able to state conclusively that such a donkey doesn't exist (i.e. we have no disproof), hence by the above paradigm, we have implied that the donkey must exist. Does this not sound flawed to religious people? If it doesn't, then I don't believe you, if it does, then how on Earth can you justify your belief in God above all else?
As far as i'm concerned the only logical way to look at existence is this:
If nothing existed forever before something, which is the only logical explanation for what was before something and for how long, then it also had infinite potential for something to happen during that forever-ness before something. However time breaks down with nothing as there is no relative and so this ever present nothing that precedes something, and all it’s potential, is contracted down into a singularity of non-existance with infinite potential. So something must happen and the nothing cannot exist at all, ever. Of course this nothing is an absolute nothing that cannot exist. There’s no need to get worried that another universe might form as a result of the instability in the nothing between the things while you sleep… though maybe there is… who can tell… Quite simply nothing does not exist, and something along with it's anti something must.
There's so much stuff we don't know about yet in science... and although it's dangerous to extrpolate, science is providing us with lots of new answers each year, and i believe will continue to do so, and religion is providing us with none. Science is in my view a sort of philosophy where reason and logic, with the aid of various calculations and rules as evidence, provides arguments for and against things... the strongest argument put forward, which stands up to logical thought and argument is accepted. Should a more logical argument/reasoning be found it will eventually prevail. With religion the problem is this is this and stays this way... i mean they must have taken a step back at some point and admited god doesn't hurl thunderbolts from the sky... eventually they'll admit the same of god himself. But i think the best we can hope for is agnosticism, before they make a break for switzerland to stash the church cash, having admitted it all.
In my opinion, the main purpose of religion these days is to provide an objective morality. Incidentally, I don't believe science and religion are necessarily at logger-heads. Obviously extreme religious views like those of the guy originally quoted do not conform to modern scientific laws but liberal theological views of history are more accepting.
Sometimes I wonder whether certain religious groups are on a completely different wavelength. I often find their beliefs totally incomprehensible. The other day, I listened to a radio extract of two American christians talking about their views on the september 11th tragedy. What surprised me was that they both believed it to be caused by God, punishing the world for the existence of atheists, non-christians, abortionists and even homosexuals! Clearly, this doesn't represent the views of the majority of christians but it just goes to show the extremist views of some of the more orthodox members of the christian faith.