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Doubting Miller's Doubt.

Keith Miller's article "Doubt and Faith in Science and Religion" (PSCF 70, no. 2 [2018]: 90-100) is informative, well written, and realistic. The author is well versed in the subject of science and religion. Unfortunately, I do have a problem with the basic concept of his article which is that "scientific inquiry and religion are founded on the acceptance of fundamentally unprovable assumptions." However, many actual observations and actual experiences are not based on assumptions at all.

The following simple scientific inquiry is a typical example: I hold an object in my hand. I want to know if it floats in water. In order to find out I have to perform an experiment. I place the item in a pail filled with water. I observe that it sinks. My knowledge of the universe has been increased by performing this experiment. I now know that the item sinks in water. There is no doubt in the result of this experiment. This scientific inquiry was not founded on basic assumptions because it did not use any assumptions at all.

Scientific knowledge and religious knowledge based on actual observation and/or experience are not founded on assumptions and are therefore not subject to correction and change. Their explanations may be founded on unprovable assumptions and may be subject to correction and change.

Martin Huizinga

ASA Member

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Title Annotation:Letters
Author:Huizinga, Martin
Publication:Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith
Date:Dec 1, 2019
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