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Monday, March 27, 2017

FAQ

1. WHAT IS THE RELATIONSHIP OF CFI UK TO CFI INC?

CFI Inc generously supports the work of CFI UK.  But note that CFI UK is a separate legal entity. While CFI UK is affiliated to CFI Inc, it is autonomous, with its own distinct character and its own unique set of objectives.

2. ISN’T CFI UK UTOPIAN?

Doesn’t it suppose that all our problems can be solved by the application of science and reason? And isn’t that naïve?

CFI UK does not suppose that all our problems can be solved by science and reason, or that the application of science and reason will inevitably usher in some sort of Golden Age of peace and prosperity. But we do believe science and reason provide us with indispensable tools in our search for the truth and our attempts to deal with the problems that face us.

3. ISN’T CFI UK ANOTHER FAITH ORGANIZATION?

Doesn’t it just blindly place its faith in science and reason?

CFI UK does not make science and reason a “faith position” in the sense that it insists that scientific and/or rational thought and criticism should be applied to everything except science and reason.

It may be that reason can reveal that, ultimately, science and reason themselves rest on certain assumptions. However, they are assumptions we all make – indeed, we constantly trust our lives to science and reason. They have an extraordinary track record of revealing the truth. The application of science and reason has transformed our lives over the last four hundred years or so. If we want to know what is true, there is no good reason not to apply them to such topics as religious belief, the paranormal, and so on.

4. DOESN’T CFI UK ARROGANTLY ASSUME THAT SCIENCE AND REASON CAN ANSWER EVERY QUESTION AND SOLVE EVERY MYSTERY?

Shouldn’t we acknowledge that some things are necessarily beyond our understanding?

CFI UK acknowledges that some things may as a matter of fact, or even in principle, be beyond our understanding. We simply maintain that, to the extent that science and reason can be applied to these questions, they should be. The limitations of science and reason may be revealed by pushing them as far as they will go.