I recently watched the brilliant BBC doc series The Secret Life of Chaos. “Chaos theory has a bad name, conjuring up images of unpredictable weather, economic crashes and science gone wrong. But there is a fascinating and hidden side to Chaos, one that scientists are only now beginning to understand. It turns out that chaos theory answers a question that mankind has asked for millennia – how did we get here? In this documentary, Professor Jim Al-Khalili sets out to uncover one of the great mysteries of science – how does a universe that starts off as dust end up with intelligent life? How does order emerge from disorder? The natural world is full of awe-inspiring examples of the way nature transforms simplicity into complexity. From trees to clouds to humans – after watching this film you’ll never be able to look at the world in the same way again. Science has finally superseded religion and philosophy in attempts to explain our existence.”
BBC – The Secret Life of Chaos (Parts 1-6)
Link to Albert Einstein’s view on Religion and Science.
“Faith is a necessary fraud at best.” ~Charles Churchill (1731-1764), poet and satirist
“If God exists I hope he has a good excuse.” ~Woody Allen
“The study of theology, as it stands in the Christian churches, is the study of nothing; it is founded on nothing; it rests on no principles; it proceeds by no authority; it has no data; it can demonstrate nothing; and it admits of no conclusion.” ~Thomas Paine
“I refuse to prove that I exist,” says God, “for proof denies faith, and without faith I am nothing.” ~Douglas Adams
“Atheists will celebrate life, while you’re in church celebrating death.” ~Unknown
“Too Stupid To Understand Science? Try Religion.” ~T-shirt from http://www.zazzle.com
Eskimo: “If I did not know about God and sin, would I go to hell?” Priest: “No, not if you did not know.” Eskimo: “Then why did you tell me?” ~Annie Dillard, ‘Pilgrim at Tinker Creek’
“I am patient with stupidity, but not with those who are proud of it.” ~Edith Sitwell (1887-1964)
“You Keep Believing, I’ll Keep Evolving.” ~Bumper sticker
“What a human conceit to think we might comprehend God.” ~David Hewrist
“God is a word to express, not our ideas, but the want of them.” ~John Stuart Mill
“All You Need Is Love!” ~Lennon/McCartney
HBO comedian Bill Maher’s documentary Religulous is a hilariously critical take on the subject of religious belief and its place in the modern world.