Does Science lead to Atheism?

This is a great overview of a failed hypothesis.

Hamza Tzortzis first distinguishes a difference between academic and popular discourse on this topic. Though there are arguments on the popular front as to why and how science has killed religion and that atheism is inevitable, Hamza explains that on the academic front the answer is very different: No – science does not necessarily lead to Atheism.

الحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله

All praise is due to ALLAH and peace and blessing upon His Messenger

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

In the Name of ALLAH, The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful

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Hamza then attempts to divide his discussion around Four False Assumptions:

  1. Science is the only yeardstick for truth
  2. Science works therefore it is true
  3. Science leads to certainty
  4. Misunderstanding between Philosophical Naturalism and Methodological Naturalism.

However, I felt one of the strong points made here was concerning Testimony. Go to 0:19:24 to 0:25:30.

For instance, all scientific progress relies on testimony in order to progress; that is, we do not (individually) repeat every single scienctific test in history in order to reach our present conclusions; rather, we rely on the tests conducted in the past by scientists and their say-so and build from there; ergo testimonial truth is an important and necessary truth.

Furthermore, we cannot accept testimony and assume they are intrinsically correct. No. Rather, we must assess the credibility of the one receiving the testimony and the one imparting the testimony. This criteria is precisely one of the categories discussed at length in the ‘sciences’ of hadith (ilm ul-hadith) when trying to ascertain the truth of Prophetic reports (from Muhammad, peace be upon him) in history.

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سبحان ربك رب العزة عما يصفون وسلام على المرسلين والحمد لله رب العالمين والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله محمد وعلى اله وصحبه أجمعين

Exalted be your Lord, the Lord of Glory, above what they attribute to Him, and peace be upon the Messengers, and all praise be to ALLAH, the Lord of the Universe. And the peace and blessing upon prophet Mohammed and his relatives and all his companions.

 

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