What does NOMA stand for?

Reply Fri 6 Jun, 2014 02:14 am

The very idea is a joke. You can bet your boots that the scientific
evidence, if any were to turn up, would be seized upon and
trumpeted to the skies. NOMA is popular only because there is no
evidence to favour the God Hypothesis. The moment there was the
smallest suggestion of any evidence in favour of religious belief,
religious apologists would lose no time in throwing NOMA out of
the window. Sophisticated theologians aside (and even they are
happy to tell miracle stories to the unsophisticated in order to
swell congregations), I suspect that alleged miracles provide the
strongest reason many believers have for their faith; and miracles,
by definition, violate the principles of science.
The Roman Catholic Church on the one hand seems sometimes
to aspire to NOMA, but on the other hand lays down the
performance of miracles as an essential qualification for elevation
to sainthood. The late King of the Belgians is a candidate for
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Reply Fri 6 Jun, 2014 03:20 am

possibly Non-overlapping magisteria --

Non-overlapping magisteria (NOMA) is the view advocated by Stephen Jay Gould that
science and religion each have "a legitimate magisterium, or domain of teaching
authority," and these two domains do not overlap. He suggests, with examples, that
"NOMA enjoys strong and fully explicit support, even from the primary cultural
stereotypes of hard-line traditionalism" and that it is "a sound position of general
consensus, established by long struggle among people of goodwill in both magisteria.
"Despite this there continues to be disagreement over where the boundaries between
the two magisteria should be.
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