Is Science religious?

There have been many examples of the resistance of new ideas in history.  Each era feels that their understanding of the universe was close to complete and, therefore, new ideas outside the box were resisted and suppressed at all costs.  Many times, the suppression of information was done solely to keep the masses ignorant so they could be controlled.  How are we different now?

There are many studies that contradict the established dogma in various facets of science today.  In archaeology, the discovery of Gobeke Tepi (Turkish site) which predates Stonehenge by 6,500 years flies in the face of our understanding of human civilization origins.  The Electric Universe theorists have accurately predicted the outcome of cosmological events where the Newtonian establishment can't even explain after it happens.  In medicine, we see the suppression of information involving experiments yielding replicable results where cancerous tumors are being shrunk using natural means.  In Physics, the measurement of supposed constants such as the gravitational constant (G) have shown major discrepancies as to when and where a measurement is taken indicating that it is not constant but rather fluctuates at different times of the day and year.

How many of us take it on faith that the E=mc squared or that ancient pyramids were tombs for the pharohs?


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I do not think you can consider science as a contradiction to religion.  Just because something is accepted as religious fact does not mean that it is.  The Bible is only man's interpretation, through several translations.  Who knows how accurate it is?

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So you are asking if science is faith-based rather than empirical?   First, I would say that some of your examples are not science -- the purpose of the pyramids, the archaeological sites.  As for the rest, scientists are clearly human and will sometimes stick to their positions in the face of evidence against them.  However, science is fundamentally based on empirical evidence, not on faith.  Scientific theories often get overturned by new evidence.  It does not happen immediately, but it happens.  So, science, being a human endeavor, is not perfect, but it's not based on faith, either.  It is based on empirical evidence.

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