ETHICAL ISSUES: SCIENCE vs RELIGION
I write this as a career scientist of no particular religion who has had an undeniably spiritual personal experience—a peak experience as defined by Abraham Maslow—and as a philosopher. I do not ask that you believe me (although it is certainly the truth). I ask only that you read on because the subject is interesting.
The rapid advance of science in recent years has brought with it an increase in secularism and, not surprisingly, atheism. However, it should be noted that while denouncing spirituality, atheism itself bears all the scripts of a religion (faith, belief, conviction, confidence, trust, reliance, devotion, dogma, doctrine). Indeed, it makes for an extremely demanding one in that it’s entirely negative and has no particular guiding light other than the passion of those who would sponsor it.
The atheist presupposes (simplistically) that science deals in