William The Coroner’s Forensic Files

Thursday, 16, April, 2009

Science Blogs

Filed under: Blogania,Social Commentary — williamthecoroner @ 22:48

I have mentioned before my discomfort with ScienceBlogs.  Though Orac inspired me to begin blogging (and we did our residencies in the same hospital) I have been increasingly uncomfortable with the anti-religious tone there.  More than an anti-religious tone, there seems to be an active disrespect and ridicule of people’s beliefs.

Personally, I’m a big believer in Matthew VI 5-8.  My religious feelings are my own, and they are private.  You don’t have to believe in them, but you do have to be polite.  They are not a matter for idle, disrespectful, inquiry or debate.  I’m willing to discuss my beliefs in a respectful manner with people whom I trust.  Very few people will reach that level of intimacy with me, and it will take a great deal of time to establish that trust.

#1 Dinosaur shares my discomfort with some of the posters on Scienceblogs.  He also articulates it better than I could.



  1. Hear, hear!

    Comment by crankylitprof — Friday, 17, April, 2009 @ 06:25 | Reply

  2. I’m with you.

    Comment by Astroprof — Friday, 17, April, 2009 @ 18:37 | Reply

  3. I’ve got a skeptivangelist in one of my classes this semester, and it’s been an interesting task keeping class conversations going smoothly when the “only and idiot would believe X” gambit gets used.

    If I have time I’ll elaborate in my own space, but the argument that ‘religion must be false because there are too many contradictory forms of it’ strikes me as wrong-headed as ‘poetry must be false because there are too many contradictory uses of words and interpretations’. Poetry isn’t _meant_ to work that way, and perhaps neither is divinity.

    Comment by rethoryke — Saturday, 18, April, 2009 @ 08:59 | Reply

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