Is Science a Religion?

In an article published in the Humanist in 1997, Richard Dawkins starts with the question, “Is Science a Religion?” I don’t agree with everything he says, but I found the article to be very thought provoking.

There is a very, very important difference between feeling strongly, even passionately, about something because we have thought about and examined the evidence for it on the one hand, and feeling strongly about something because it has been internally revealed to us, or internally revealed to somebody else in history and subsequently hallowed by tradition. There’s all the difference in the world between a belief that one is prepared to defend by quoting evidence and logic and a belief that is supported by nothing more than tradition, authority, or revelation.

-Richard Dawkins