Can't Atheists have faith in science as much as Christians have faith in God? ?
My question is, why is it religious folk demand proof of the existence of evolution, when their usual response to our own questions is along the lines of the fact that they don't need proof, they have faith?
Sure, many Atheists have a good understanding of science, and we're able to explain many things, but we don't know it all. You could almost say we have faith that some things can be scientifically explained, we just don't know the answers yet.
I'm not knocking faith or religion, in fact there's also many Christians out there who understand our 'faith' in science, I just want to know why it can't be a two way street with the more outspoken members?
I believe and have conviction that science can answer most of the questions I want to know the answers to. And while I believe there is a lot amount proof of evolution and I consider it to be a fact, there are some things we do not yet have proof of, but which I believe science will answer one day. Perhaps conviction is a better word than faith?
As for the meaning of faith - while it's largely used in the religious sence here, that is not it's only meaning. As mentioned above, it also means belief in something in general, whether it be science or the FSM. By this meaning, believing science means that we have 'faith' in it, or at least that is mostly correct. Sure, science is about testing and proving the hypothesis, but that's part of the process I believe in.
Thanks BTW - there are some really great answers here.