What are some of the things you can think of that were originally answered by religion that have been answered much better by science?
A couple I can think of.
I'm sure this group can come up with many.
The origin of the rainbow after the flood, as God's sign there would never be another. Then Isaac Newton demonstrated the diffraction of light according to its wavelength.
I love this just so story about bees and their sting
Science is more accurate with its descriptions but is it "better"?
Everything, pretty much.
Yesterday I was listening to a talk by Sam Harris, and in it he stated that scientific discoveries had replaced the religious ideas we had in the past, and I could think of a few immediately, but that religion had never come up with a better idea to replace a scientific one. It got me thinking about all the ways this was true.
A few more.
Sacrificing a goat to help the crops vs fertilizer
Faith healer vs modern medicine
Rain dance vs modern weather prediction
The virgin birth was always a beauty. From time to time there was even "scientific" articles to prove that it was possible. Of course, in my time I have heard grownups in discussion about how it was impossible for a woman to have puppies despite what the National Enquirer article said.
Thunder is actually bowling going on in heaven. This was back when bowling was more popular.
Just to add to your virgin birth, the feast of the immaculate conception (Dec 6th) is for the conception of Mary, not of Jesus. However, following in her mother's footsteps, Mary also had an immaculate conception for her son.
If we accept these myths as true, then we must accept that God screwed his own daughter to create his son/grandson.
Early humans believed the sun WAS a god... the moon WAS a god.. eclipses were caused by god.. EVERYTHING was caused by one of the many gods... the bible actually called epilepsy "demon possession.." the march thru history will be what proves there actually never was a god... everything humans ascribed to god, will be answered scientifically... if we don't destroy ourselves first..
Are you a truely Agnostic? As a big fan of Astronomy I realize we havent even fully explored our own world. The number of stars out number the grands of sand on every beach in the entire world. Yet some claim to know what the answers.
Any objective description of any aspect of the natural world is going to be better handled by science than religion in the 21st century. Religion needs to get used to that fact if it wants to survive, and concentrate on what it does that science isn’t equipped to do, namely teach humans how to live without murdering each other. Science doesn’t want that job.
My next phase for speculation would be contingent on cognition connection to chemical reactions and/or kinetic energy of a constant sort but not specifically depending on the type of structure or mass, but in connection with a compound or mass. In such, a computer programed in such away, that the "short circuit " movie style cognition could be in a computer. And as a next speculation, a structure such as clouds capabilities of static electricity and constant movement of particles to cause a cloud cognition aka, sky god. Not to say the cloud cognition is all- knowing or all- powerful but still capable of cognitive capabilities.
Maybe this is a better statement for my speculation perposal: cognition is based on an environment of sustainability of chemical reactions kinetic energy that is not specifically by a compound structure but such the structure can contribute to the chemical reaction growth and development increase of the cognition capability.
If a small amount of cognition can overtake or develop with many slime cells to cause them to work together as if control by even the smallest of intelligence capabilities: Could a form, howbeit small, of another cognition be possible to be like a parasite on another brain causing the appearance of mental illness, or as some might call demon possession?
So, demon possession I speculate could be a seperate cognition capability. I only considered this for now as a speculation because I do not personally have scientific means of testing etc
HOWEVER, we could consider if Adolph Hitler gas schizophrenia he might of been demon posessed by a Jesus"good shepherd " demon bringing the sheep - jews to slaughter. That is what Sheppards eventually do is slaughter sheep. 1000 years reign of Hitler's ideal any thing biblical? but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years. Revelations 20:6
We are in a bottomless pit called the universe as the biblical text says.
And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon."
One observer viewed creation event at time dilation speed. Big bang myth is just that, a myth. Carl Sagan well established astronomer clearly States "the big bang our modern scientific creation myth " time 2 minutes 50 seconds.
What about the other way? How many things are there that we used to think that we had a secular explanation for that we now know to be supernatural? We used to think it was natural. But now we know it's caused by that god over there or that rabbit's foot or that spell? How many -- exactly ZERO!
Shout out to Greta Christina who wrote that idea where I read it.
@Seeker3CO I learned at a young age this was just a bunch of crap....... LOL