Monday, November 12, 2007


Religious people have always shot themselves in the foot by trying to find "scientific" justifications and explanations for their beliefs. It would seem that after so many rebuttals to creation "science", one would have seen stern rebukes being expressed by religious people themselves against their "science oriented" brethren. The best way for religion to get itself into trouble is to expose itself to scientific analysis. But no, it seems that there is no dearth of favour-seeking servile religious loons who want to keep on promoting "scientific" explanations for their beliefs. Here's the latest one, Dinesh D'Souza who says
"Our mistake has always been to resort to the Bible when debating atheists...what we need to do is fight them on their own turf, by invoking science and reason"
The Lord hath delivered them into our hands indeed. And for a moment, let me say this not as a scientist but by stepping into the shoes of a devout religious person; D'Souza, you are making a big and serious mistake here. Once you enter scientific territory, you are going to open up yourself to every possible broadside and blow that you had never asked for. In addition, if I were a religious person, I would be extremely insulted that religion has to use science to justify itself. Not only is this manuever a fatal one, it is also condescending to faith. For what would faith be if it takes the help of reason to justify its existence? D'Souza is putting the wrong foot forward, and we can all now watch while he is chewed up with alacrity by those who have used reason only to defend science.

How cheerfully the atheist seems to grin
How neatly spreads his claws,
And welcomes little religios in,
With gently smiling jaws...



Blogger Patrix said...

All I would say is, Aao Thakur...ab tumhari baari hai!

9:24 PM  
Blogger Ashutosh said...


8:25 AM  
Blogger gawker said...

What's he gonna do next...fight a tiger using his claws and fangs?

9:22 AM  
Blogger Ashutosh said...

And fangs, claws and horns he has many...albeit false ones.

9:30 AM  
Blogger tejas said...

ashutosh - just curious. do you think atheists are religious people too? after all, they are very faithful to the notion that there is no god.. i have had some interesting discussions to this end in the past.

1:59 PM  
Blogger Ashutosh said...

Well, if you want to call not accepting things without evidence as another type of "faith", then isn't everything faith? In that case though, we will have to distinguish different levels of faith. the point is, calling this as faith to me is akin to calling illiteracy as "another form of literacy".

8:07 AM  
Blogger Sumedha said...

I saw Dinesh D-Souza on the Colbert Report. Is he a bird of the same feather as Rachel Paulose?
Oh, good attempt at an 'Alice in Wonderland' poem :)

8:08 AM  
Blogger Vivek Gupta said...

Visited your new blog on nuclear matters. Its wonderful and given that you are so much interested in this matter, it is apt to have an exclusive blog dedicated to it. One suggestion though. I think the subtitle 'Nuclear is Newkiller' is giving a rather sinister meaning to nuclear energy; makes it sound like your blog is devoted to an opposition to it whereas the exact opposite is actually true. How about 'Nuclear is now clear' as a tagline?

8:44 AM  
Blogger Ashutosh said...

Vivek, thanks and I see your point. My original intention for that line was twofold:
1. An allusion to mispronouncers like Bush who pronounce nuclear as "newkiller"
2. I was trying to put a positive sense on the term, in the sense of "Those are some killer cars there"

But I see the point. The immediate impression is not going to involve this thinking and could be unfavourable. Your suggestion is good, or maybe something like "Nuclear is not Unclear"..will think about it and thanks for the recommendation.

8:55 AM  
Blogger Ashutosh said...

Sumedha, I don't really know much about Rachel Paulose. Is she like Bobby Jindal? Because I largely see D'Souza as being like Jindal, trying to ingratiate himself to the religious and political (un)elite in this country. It's like D'Souza woke up one day and said to himself, "What can I do to make Sean Hannity admire me? Ah, yes...these recent attacks on religion by atheists seem like the perfect vehicle for me to slither into the corridors of religious and therefore political power. Let me start by writing a book" Both are equally servile sycophants.

9:11 AM  

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