Perhaps the thing I find most annoying about those of the religious faith, and man is there much to choose from, is their hubris about the whole deal.
- Jesus would want you to do this or that… Really, he told you?
- My personal favorite, “I’ll pray for you.” Why? Shouldn’t you at least ask for my permission?
- And speaking of “your God”, which god is that exactly? According to a billion Muslims on the planet, you got the wrong dude. Dig up a dead Roman and they’d tell you the same thing.
When you compare science to religion, it’s humility vs. hubris. Science gradually learns and grows. Religion usually adapts, regroups, and reaffirms new truths with the same confidence as before. Science has learned humility.
What scientist, for instance, would claim that his opponent disagrees with him because she is blinded by Satan? Which scientist would argue before an audience that anyone who disagrees is going to be dammed to hell? Which one would treat other scientists with complete and utter disrespect and distain if she tries to get people to agree with her view of things?
“Religion grants its adherents malign, intoxicating and morally corrosive sensations. Destroying intellectual freedom is always evil, but only religion makes doing evil feel quite so good.”
― Philip Pullman