Actually, that's a re-post from a book by Lee Strobel.
How does a scientist corroborate something that has no proof for it in the first place?
Oh, and by the way, it's not a "proselytizing web site" - I'm just sharing interesting things I have discovered during my journey.
Thanks again for proving my point though about going "out of your way".
So it's an uncredited quote that seems to passed off as your own 'example'?
Uh...just a heads up cause you may not be aware, but "Thou shall not steal".
A scientist does not start out with a conclusion, for example "God exists", and then go about corroborating that conclusion with evidence.
A scientist would start out with a general question, like "Does God exist?" and through a process of elimination, will narrow and focus the research area, eventually, arriving at one fundamental hypothesis around which the experiment can be designed, in order to test and evaluate the hypothesis, manipulating one or more variables to generate analyzable data. Then the scientist would make sure that the experiment has controls and a large enough sample group to provide statistically valid results. At this point the scientist would be observing and recording the results of the research, gathering the findings into raw data. Then, statistical analyses are performed on the data, and it is organized into an understandable form. Then the hypothesis would be proved or disproved. and the results would be filtered to explain what happened and why and then published and shared with the rest of the scientific community, allowing other scientists to test the hypothesis and analyze the experiment as well, to corroborate the results.
Oh come on Geoff, I didn't really go out of my way, now did I?
Now, be a dear and credit Mr Strobel for 'your example'. I'll be glad to follow suit and credit Hammurabi for the usage of part of his 'Laws of Hammurabi" that 'Moses'......'borrowed'.....from his Babylonian predecessor while 'getting the 10 commandment off of Mount Sinai directly from God'....*wink wink*.
You Christians sure do like to 'borrow' whenever it suits your needs eh? Oh well, no biggie, the Jews and Muslims 'borrowed' their fair share too. You know what they say, "you are the company you keep".