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Taking Recommendations

  1. Sep 22, 2005 #1
    I'll introduce myself:
    I'm seventeen, a student in high school in Jacksonville, Florida.
    Taking AP Calculus and AP Physics as a senior, so I'm of course extremely interested in the relationship between physics and the natural world. I'm extremely interested in philosophy, mathematics, biology(psychology more specifically), and of course physics.

    I've come to believe many things about god and religion in general, but I don't think this is the correct place to discuss god.

    Instead, I'm asking you all to make recommendations for books and articles that one might read if interested in the relationship between creationism vs the sciences.

    I read this FAQ a year ago, and it heightened my attention for the need to understand certain fundamental classical physics theories and bases- so I'm asking the forum for books and articles to help steer me in the right direction.

    To sum it up: I'd like to hear of some good books for a beginner here so that I can better understand fundamentals of science/religion/philosophy and hopefully books/articles relating the three together.

    Thanks in advance.

    (if this is in the wrong forum and a mod sees this, could you move the thread but not delete it? The forum is rather daunting)
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  3. Sep 22, 2005 #2
    This is the right place to discuss god/God, but not religion. The mods will definitely lock those posts. I'm interested in your thoughts. Please post them.

  4. Sep 22, 2005 #3
    To Ryanvergel,

    A recent introductory book on the topic written by the past president of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, with forward by Niles Eldredge, Curator at American Museum of Natural History. Eugenie C. Scott, "Evolution vs Creationism, an Introduction. 2004. University of California Press, Berkeley.

    This book has an excellent reference section and includes works of the most vocal creationists such as Dembski, Morris, Wells, Gish, Behe, plus it has a good link to internet sites.
  5. Sep 23, 2005 #4
    After reading that site I provided, I can see how there is a fallacy in the argument that a perfect god cannot exist-since it would violate the law of entropy- which is an argument I made to myself when I called myself an atheist.

    But, since a perfect being would have to have been create outside/before our universe and system, he may not be subject to the laws of physics.

    My view is that I truly can't know for sure whether there is the existence of a god. Atheism implies an absolute decision, and I can't see how anyone can be absolutely sure about an unknown, atheists seem to be falling ito the same mistake that those who believe in a god make-certainty. How are these people certain? I just can't see the certainty.

    So, I asked to see if there were any good places to look for guidance on the dominating questions of creationism vs the sciences-and what the two points are. I don't think I can truly call myself an atheist or a creationist simple because I won't assume something unless there is undoubted truth.

    --Any other books on basic philosophy and logic/basic physics?
  6. Sep 23, 2005 #5
    Well I wouldn't call atheism and creationism opposites. I know of theists who are believers in evolution. Also, I think a major misunderstanding of atheism is that not all atheists say there is no God. Atheism is the lack of a belief in God. Today, we call many weak atheists or weak theists agnostics, which seems to be the category that you fall under. The common use of the word agnostic isn't true to its origin though.
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