As long as the ideas can be subjected to the scientific method, I don't really care where the idea originated. We already know that the Bible has made claims that have been scientifically validated through the study of Archeology, for example.What if (not saying this is fact, just saying what if) those intersections of a Biblical concept with science are actually true and accurate? If the whole collection of books is summarily dismissed as "philosophy," then those potential truths go unreviewed. But this is the exact basis by which those who oppose ID being taught in public schools get courts to go along with their (flawed) arguments: "it's in the Bible so, therefore, it must be "religion."
And the Bible has been a strong influence on scientific discoveries for a long time. The story of Johannes Kepler figuring out the laws of planetary motion cannot be told unless you understand his Biblical motivations for doing so, for example. Sure the laws that he came up with can be understood without mentioning the Bible, but if one wants to understand how he got there...
that was my point: Thanks for the clarification.
No problem, the only parts I reject are the ones that we could not ever possibly test for. I'm not saying these things don't exist, I'm saying they're out of the realm of science. There could very much be a higher power behind the Universe as we know it, but that's not really in the hands of science to answer. Besides, I'm not even sure why religions would seek scientific validation of a God. Christianity, for example, relies on faith, but if you were to prove the existence of God, faith would not be necessary.I've recently encountered quite a few alleged "free thinkers" who disavow anything "religious" because they claim to have already reviewed ... and dismissed ... all the claims that religion makes. So when I read your earlier statement, I thought that was the direction you were heading (which you have since clarified) and they are quite adept at poisoning the well by branding anything they don't want to consider as "religion." Apologies for lumping you in.
Sorry if I'm being a bit short here, kind of scribbling things out, it's a busy day.