God and science

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The ongoing science/religion debate on these pages has been entertaining but, unsurprisingly, a little polarised. I’m in general agreement with Tim Flinn (Letters, 25 May), despite, or because of, my apatheism. I have no truck with fundamentalist atheism or religion.

As for the scientific or theist “singularity” that he describes, I’d like to be able to care, but, as an apatheist, I am not really bothered. Scientists and theists both have their beliefs and whereas scientists will alter their beliefs in the light of new evidence, theists’ beliefs are founded in unquestioning faith and so evidence is inconsequential and irrelevant.

Australian comic Tim Minchin puts the tin lid on the controversy most appositely when he says: “Science adjusts its views based on what’s observed; faith is the denial of observation so that belief can be preserved.” Amen.

David Muir

Findhorn Place

Edinburgh