how is that something thats "falsifiable" (to religious people)? even if i gather empirical evidence that shows that people can have happy marriages with sex happening before the marriage, will you admit that part of the bible to be flawed? no, you wont. Because you'll simply explain that data away with "they are just giving into the flesh/arent REALLY happy living of the flesh/think how much happier they MIGHT be" etc etc.
Prayer, there HAVE been empiracal studies to show wether or not it works.
yet you can just explain it away with "God didnt want to help, because then he'd be lowering himself to ur selfish desire for proof". again, no matter what evidence we gather on wether prayer works or not, how moral self identified christians actaully behave in comparison to non believers, how many bad things happen to believers vs non believers etc its all explained away with "God works in mysterious ways" or "He's just testing the believers". Unfalsifiable.
Basically, the religious standard is:
1. how useful is it to society to adopt these ideas?
legitimate: but see "dark ages"
2. how does it make you feel? (do you "feel good" when following jesus)
not legitimate: feelings mean nothing when talking about truth and non truth.
thats the problem! people give religion a free pass because they mistakenly believe it to be "separate". this just simply isnt true. adopting a religious world view leads to different conclusions about A LOT of political, moral, legal, social and scientific issues.Heh for the most part religion and science don't have much to do with one another. They have two totally different purposes. Any place where they might bump heads is the exception rather than the rule.
example: if people (avg joe people) weren't religious, would they honestly have ANY reason what so ever to be challenging evolution? Dont you think there'd be scientists (you know, professionals) lining up the wazoo for their chance at a nobel prize by disproving the "clearly flawed" theory? You really think NO scientist would have any interest in winning that nobel prize? Religion IS affecting the realm of science, because they both have far reaching implications