Another manuscript fragment of “The Wedgie” document has been unearthed when a small boy turned on a fan in a junk yard and noticed a papyri leaf flying aloft.
I suspected that Prof. PZ Myers would eventually turn up in “The Wedgie” document. I suspected this due to his own statements and also due to the fact what when a “Scienceblog” has a category for “Godlessness” something juicy will surely follow.
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Apparently, it required both Matthew Cobb (Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester) and Jerry Coyne (Department of Ecology and Evolution, The University of Chicago) to author a handful of words, a letter to the editors of the journal Nature.
Interestingly, they offer a neo-definition of “science,”
“Surely science is about finding material explanations of the world — explanations that can inspire those spooky feelings of awe, wonder and reverence in the hyper-evolved human brain.”
They have certainly taken it up a notch: now science is meant to be emotive. Science is now, and has been since atheism pseudo-co-oped it, about filling the God shaped void in every human heart. It is now about placing the psychological band-aid which is one of atheism’s consoling delusions: the delusion of subjective meaning in an objectively meaningless existence. Although, they are certainly not the first, and will surely not be the last, to seek meaning and emotions in the observation of the creation.
Awe in nature, aka nature worship or neo-pagan atheistic spirituality or in Sam Harris’ case Buddhism’s atheistic mysticism is a trend that is very popular amongst, in particular, the New Atheist sect of atheism who find meaning and spirituality by basically observing the world and saying, “How cool is that, maaaaaan!?!?”
This atheistic pseudo-spirituality was also foretold in the New Testament:
“…unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them.
For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.
Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things.
…who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.” (Romans 1:18-25).
Matthew Cobb and Jerry Coyne further wrote,
“The scientific study of religion is indeed full of big questions that need to be addressed, such as why belief in religion is negatively correlated with an acceptance of evolution.”
At the end of their letter they answer their own question. Religion (whatever that is) has no problem with evolution (whatever that is). That is to say that, religion has no problem with the observation of bio-organisms and the noting of their various changes. What religion has a problem with are the promulgations of atheist activists who, in the guise of science, make utterly unwarranted and unscientific assertions about science leading to atheism.
Thus, to the last statement,
“the only contribution that science can make to the ideas of religion is atheism.
This is the line with regards to which Prof. PZ Myers wrote, “I especially like the last line.” And why not? They are, apparently of the same school of atheist activism: the sort that smuggles atheism through the back door and right into our classrooms within the façade of science. After all, it was Prof. PZ Myers who stated that atheism and science are “inseparable.”
As long as atheist activists continue claiming that evolution leads to atheism they are only exacerbating their own frustrations and are warding off those whom they are attempting to reach via their propaganda. This is not due to the religious being afraid of the scientific “facts” presented to them by atheist activists but due to just how thin the veneer is upon which the atheist activists write their assertions.
In this light it is also noteworthy to note that the recently unearthed papyri notes that Philip S. Skell (member of the National Academy of Sciences and Emeritus Evan Pugh Professor at Pennsylvania State University) is warning students that if they have doubts about the ruling biological orthodox—Darwinism—they should keep their concerns to themselves for, the very real, fear of being blacklisted and risking their grades and or careers.
A parsed audio interview with Philip S. Skell in which he makes this point may be heard here as part 1, part 2, part 3.