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    We can certainly study religion in an academic setting, take "measurements", use statistics, make models, test hypotheses, and discuss this process in peer-reviewed journals.

    Still, I have a hard enough time calling things like psychology, sociology, and economics, "science", let alone whatever one might call the study of religion. But we can certainly study it in the manner described about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DiscoBiscuit View Post
    Why are scientists concerned with trying to disprove religions?
    Falsification is the job of scientists.

    Normally we think of scientists falsifying hypotheses, but archeologists have been able to falsify the Exodus in the Bible as well as the history of North and Central America in the Book of Mormon.

    So scientists have been able to falsify the sacred books of two major religions, Christianity and the Church of the Latter Day Saints.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DiscoBiscuit View Post
    Why are scientists concerned with trying to disprove religions?
    I think it is generally viewed as psychologically abusive, much like the effects of domestic violence on children.
    For all that we have done, as a civilization, as individuals, the universe is not stable, and nor is any single thing within it. Stars consume themselves, the universe itself rushes apart, and we ourselves are composed of matter in constant flux. Colonies of cells in temporary alliance, replicating and decaying and housed within, an incandescent cloud of electrical impulses. This is reality, this is self knowledge, and the perception of it will, of course, make you dizzy.

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