Just last night, a fundamentalist twitter user made the collective eyes of atheists roll by saying Atheism was a religion, dodging all responses to the contrary (why would we expect anything more?). She then dived right into a silly round of, “So why are there different kinds of flowers, huh? How did stars form? Explain that!” Oh the amusement.

When I saw this comic strip, it made me think of all the times atheists have been accused of worshiping science and using it as a religion. Clearly, some folks have their English dictionaries on layaway. Let’s clear it up, shall we?

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Source: Treelobsters.com

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8 thoughts on “Worshiping Science?”

Three Ninjas · December 27, 2010 at 10:55 am

Twitter is absolutely the worst place to try to get through to delusional idiots. The character limit works in their favor.

Ahab · December 27, 2010 at 12:49 pm

The fundie in question seems to have a hard time distinguishing faith-based belief systems from tools.

:: sighs ::

Miguelito · December 27, 2010 at 5:28 pm

Ah yes the march of the morons continues on…

TheSecretAtheist · December 27, 2010 at 10:25 pm

But the fundies WILL accuse you of worshiping your iPhone, TV, computer, Facebook, football, sex, dogs, trees, whales, favorite band or anything else that isn’t their god.

TheSecretAtheist · December 27, 2010 at 10:26 pm

And I guess that isn’t an iPhone in the picture so I should have just said “phone”.

Jacob · January 2, 2011 at 2:33 am

I would disagree with the thought that anyone worships science as a God. At best, I think you could generalize that many people worship whatever(usually themselves) but that science is a way to justify that behavior or to rationalize away the idea of a God who would instead require them to worship Him. Again though, that would be a generalization, my opinion, and apart from my real point which is that I agree most atheists probably do not worship science.

Let’s assume for a second though that everyone worships something…wherein worship means “to be devoted to and full of admiration for.” If a video of your life was put on You Tube, what would people say you are devoted to? Or rather, who is the central beneficiary of your choices and actions? To what extent and why do you say that? Are there any secondary beneficiaries? Pardon the stiff vocabulary…

    jestbill · February 28, 2011 at 11:23 am

    I disagree with the (implicit) argument that religion is not a tool.

    Religion is treatment for mental illness just as traditional medicine was what little could be done for physical illness before we learned very much–before modern “tools” like science were developed.

    I say agree with ’em that science is your religion so they’d better be more respectful. Then remind ’em about what happens when religions clash.

    I wonder what a scientific jihad would look like.

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