Conflicting Beliefs

Of course, traditional religions conflict with science. It is a key claim of major religions that God created human beings in particular and the world in general. Modern science, by contrast, holds that human beings evolved from lower forms of life and that the physical universe we observe started with a “big bang”. Science takes no stand on what came before the big Bang because nothing before it is observable. The evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins, a professed atheist, argues for the falsity of traditional religious beliefs. Faith usually describes a type of belief that is not based on empirical evidence. These faith-based beliefs simply ignore conflicting scientific beliefs which are based on empirical evidence, claiming a different foundation, either in traditional texts or parental teachings. The conflict between science and religion gets murkier with regard to matters psychic, because psychics maintain they do have empirical evidence for their beliefs.

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