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Old Dec 22nd 2015, 10:45 PM
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Smile Even cosmonauts believe in God

Found this interesting photo on the internet recently

That's Russian cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev, on the ISS, with an Orthodox icon he brought to space with him, back in 2013.

Krikalev is a highly distinguished cosmonaut


Hero of Soviet Union; Hero of Russia; holds the second record for most time spent in space (803 days, 9 hours, and 39 minutes, beaten only in 2005 by another Russian, Gennady Padalka).

Before ISS, he was on the "Mir" station, and was also the only Russian to fly on the US Space Shuttle.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sergei_Krikalev

And, as a cosmonaut, he is, of course, a scientist, by definition. I believe you have to hold a scientific degree of some sort, to just be a part of a space mission, mechanical engineering, in his case. I am sure, as part of their training, they must study astronomy and such, and other things.

And yet, a man like that still can be, as you see, a believing Orthodox Christian. So much for the theory of certain atheist intelligentsia types that religion is for the ignorant and uneducated
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Old Dec 23rd 2015, 09:52 PM
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Default Re: Even cosmonauts believe in God

Holding a degree in mechanical engineering is hardly 'being a scientist'. Also, when being involved with religion enhances your career chances -which certainly seems to be the case these days in Russia- I assume the number of devotees rises exponentially. Now if only the sincerity could be measured.

Then again, on the other hand, why not? It's only when you're e.g. a geologist, biologist, astronomer, physicist, etc. and a young earth creationist at the same time, you'd have to be a schizophrenic.
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And yet, a man like that still can be, as you see, a believing Orthodox Christian. So much for the theory of certain atheist intelligentsia types that religion is for the ignorant and uneducated
Identifying an exception to a general rule doesn't negate the general rule.

For example, it is a truism that "men are generally taller than women" - but if you meet a women who is taller than a man, that doesn't violate the general rule.

In this case, it is a general rule that higher levels of education does corelate with lower levels of religious belief. An exception to this general rule doesn't disprove it.
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