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Science versus Religion (cont.)
By Harry Sivertsen & Steve Redman

Conceivably, as many of the writings of the religious works stem from earlier oral traditions, from a time before writing was developed, the meanings of some of the works have been misunderstood. Possibly much is allegory for something else. Just maybe the strange tales in fact make references that originally would have been understood in a similar fashion as do the science reports of today. All it would take is for science fact to be disguised in a story to make the memorising of the important elements easier than it otherwise would be. What would result is what we term allegory and indeed, this was a common ploy before the development of writing.

The well known scientist Richard Dawkins is vociferous in his condemnation of religion. Dawkins, along with the British Humanism Association have been involved in the campaign that utilised London buses to carry the slogan There Probably is no God. We agree and in fact would go further; we are convinced that the principles of the major religions sprang out of what today would be termed scientific enquiry. Dawkins, in his much acclaimed work The Selfish Gene, developed the theory of memes, a concept later taken up and popularised by Susan Blackmore in her book The Meme Machine. A meme is an idea, a tune, a concept that takes over one’s thinking, in Dawkins words, 'parasitizes’ the mind. One example Dawkins utilises is the concept of life after death.

Yet Dawkins, in his blanket negative treatment of religion has allowed his own mind to be taken over by the meme of religious condemnation. He has not applied the scientific enquiry of his training to make a value assessment of the works that influence the believers. In other words Dawkins adamant refutation makes him equally as guilty of unfounded belief as he asserts applies to religious believers. Both are directed in their thinking by memes of beliefs, the religious of their faith and Dawkins in the non existence of any value in the religious works.

Let us steer a middle road and reveal what both Dawkins and the religious believers have missed. We shall show where early thinking in fact was based upon what to day would have been accepted as logical deduction and not merely faith in a religious concept, the religious element that embodied such information came later. Our source is ancient Indic material from where, as becomes apparent in our book Deluge: From Genesis to Atlantis, eventually all the primary religions took their guide; indeed, there are even commonalities in Egypt. The information from which the following was developed is derived from this book and reveals the type of analysis contained between its covers.

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