Religion vs science, crystallized

The story of Job vs the scientific method.

The story of Job teaches faith – it calls it faith in god, but it is really faith in what men have said about god in the bible. It teaches us that we should ignore the evidence inconsistent with the basic claims of the bible, and keep our faith in the words of men who claim to speak the words of god, no matter what happens to our families, our possessions, etc.

Science teaches us to have no faith in anything but the results of careful experimentation – the highest quality evidence. Science teaches us to build models to fit the evidence, and to never believe in anything wholeheartedly or without proper skepticism. Rather, to believe in proportion to both the quantity and quality of the evidence. A scientist, following the scientific method, cannot believe the claims of religion, and thus cannot interpret the story of Job in the manner of its author.

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