Astrology vs Religion

Professor Reville of UCC has an interesting article in today’s Irish Times on the subject of astrology.

After analyzing the practice he reaches the following conclusion:

Astrology makes large claims that are extremely improbable from a scientific viewpoint. In order to take these claims seriously it would be necessary to have extraordinarily strong evidence. On the contrary, the evidence is very weak. In the absence of extraordinary evidence to support extraordinary claims, the only sensible course is to treat astrology as seriously as you would treat an amusing party game.

That sounds like a perfect definition of religion to my mind.

Anthony Sheridan

6 thoughts on “Astrology vs Religion”

  1. Dear Anthony

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  2. Hi. I am lost. I just want to read Prof. Reville’s article on science vs. faith vs. astrology from 24 Aug. Irish Times because I read a letter in 25th Aug edition that engaged in a very interesting (for me) debate. I do not want to subscribe to the Irish Times. I have read Michael Behe’s book ‘ Darwin’s Black Box’ and some Arthur Koestler. I have also thought a little for myself. Also I would love to read about Prof. Reville’s ideas. I would like to communicate with this person on the subject Paley’s original argument for creation by design – i.e. finding a watch on a beach!

    Leading on from this I need further clarification on the anthropomorphic principle. Can someone email the article from the Irish Times 24/08/06 as I don’t want to subscribe to them as I just will not pay.

    Please I just want to read the article by Prof. Reville.

    Thank you. My address is: malmatthews@eircom.net

  3. Thanks platypusattack! I have looked at the video and listened. I am speechless. Do you really think I will take this seriously? December 25th my arse. That video is just so CNN or Discovery channel. It makes a complete joke of any objective research into the historical Jesus. Herodotus and the apostle Luke would be appalled. Anyone who loves logic will rubbish this soundtrack.

    Mal

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