An unworthy Deacon, named for the brother of God: James, striving to "work out his salvation with fear and trembling" within the Tradition (paradosis) of the Eastern Orthodox Faith. It is a strange and marvelous journey, and I am accompanied by the fourfold fruit of my fecundity. My wife, the Matushka or Diaconissa Sophia, is my beloved partner in the pursuit of Theosis, and she ranks me in every way.
...all mixed up. I often hear scientists giving a certain degree of lip service to the notion that science is merely a tool and clearly ought to be guided and overseen by the ethics derived from other sources. You've heard me, numerous times, express my concern that science has grown to be far more than a tool, but has in a very real way become a religion. School Science textbooks frequently make statements that are decidedly philosophical in origin as opposed to being something derived from the good old fashioned scientific method. (Evolutionary theory being a prime example in which students are often treated to overt notions of the universe being "random" and utterly "without design" and that humans are no different/better than animals.)
Anyone who reads "Discover" or "Scientific American" will note that they have utilized a great deal of text over the last 7 years in being profoundly critical of the current administration's scientific policies - particularly with regard to Embryonic Stem Cell research. And indeed they have been actively lobbying for extensive rights to create and kill embryos. Personally, I count it as a clear evidence that science - as today's religion - has no interest in being dictated to by "false religions."
Funny that policies prohibiting the killing of babies encourages research that brings us exciting news like THIS. For the time being we are still able to control science like the tool it is...but believe me when I say that it is fast becoming the great religious hierarchy of our time and its message is blatant materialism and its realm is ever-expanding.
It's instructive to look at Scientific American from 30 + years ago. It was a much more serious looking thing. I recall about 23-24 years ago seeing a long article on cancer in SA. To my surprise there was a half page (!) picture of Frank Zappa in the middle of it. Why? Because he had died of cancer. A little different approach to the subjects than in the dark past. Also alot more atheism in-your-face. Unneeded, uninterested in paying for it. -- Bob K.