Not-so-parallel paths

One of these days, I’m going to write a more in-depth post on how I regard Brent Rasmussen’s assertion that there is nothing more to atheism than an individual’s non-belief in a deity to be both a) completely correct, and, b) somewhat beside the point.

But not today. Although I have to note that Brent is likely more correct than those who see a fundamental congruence between atheism and science, considering this sort of recent history.

It’s also worth noting that while Catholic Church put the Father of Modern Physics on trial, the atheists of the French Revolution cut off the Father of Modern Chemistry’s head, declaring that they had no need for scientists.

So not only is the link between atheism and science less solid than most might think, it’s demonstrably less complimentary than the one between Christianity and science.