“If you are going to live your life in Technicolor, then you have to expect some spilled paint.” Air Commodore John Oddie (Retd.)
A quick follow-up to my Science and Religion post, this time coming from the atheist side.
“That which can be asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without evidence.” ? Christopher Hitchens
This statement is known as Hitchens’ Razor; the burden of proof lies with the person making the claim. Mr Hitchens used it first to criticise the beatification of Mother Theresa in 2003.
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
Dr King was talking about segregation and racial oppression in the 1960s, but this still hold true today. History is full of immoral acts that were allowed to continue unchecked because of silence and inaction.
“He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.”
To properly communicate a belief sometimes we need to phrase it in a very exact way. That isn’t always easy to do, and we can end up frustrated.
Thankfully some great thinkers and speakers have preceded us, and they manage to sum-up our thoughts in a few powerful words. Martin Luther King, Jr said:
“Science investigates; religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge, which is power; religion gives man wisdom, which is control. Science deals mainly with facts; religion deals mainly with values. The two are not rivals. They are complementary.”
This isn’t the MLK quote that I want to use today to mark Martin Luther King Day in the USA. It’s here so that next time a friend wants to tell me that science is wrong I have the right words so that I don’t need to flail around, or cause offense!