MarcusF - 9/21/2005 5:05 PM
GermanStar - 9/21/2005 1:07 PM
OK -- what's the point? The conflict between Christianity and science is entirely one sided. The fact is that science has no agenda other than the search for truth through the determination and application of empirical evidence. Christianity, OTOH, does have an agenda, and that agenda has historically included condemning those who criticize or disprove certain tenets of Christianity to ridicule, imprisonment, or even death. In case you haven't noticed, the warmth with which Christianity greeted the findings of Galileo and Copernicus is still evident today. The difference is merely one of degree.
You seem to be somewhat confused. Christianity is the Christian religion based upon the belief in Jesus as the Christ and upon His teachings. Catholicism is the doctrine, faith, practice, and organization of the Roman Catholic Church. They are not one in the same. Like most Christians, I believe it is perfectly fine for you or anyone else to believe in whatever you want. If one chooses to believe that somehow the First Law of Thermodynamics was suspended and all the energy and matter in the universe miraculously created itself from nothing, followed by the Second Law of Thermodynamics being suspended while the great Ã¢â‚¬Å“order without outside influenceÃ¢â‚¬? took place, it's OK by me.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“The second law of thermodynamics not only is a principle of wide reaching scope and application, but also is one which has never failed to satisfy the severest test of experiment. The numerous quantitative relations derived from this law have been subjected to more and more accurate experimental investigations without the detection of the slightest inaccuracy.Ã¢â‚¬?
-G.N. Lewis and M. Randall, Thermodynamics (1961), p. 87.