# Your Math for the Day

Can God create a math problem so hard that even He can’t solve it? Let’s find out.

And I love this equation the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s Dan Barker sent to Jerry Coyne (almost as an afterthought) in an email about religious accommodation and why science and religion are not compatible:

Here’s an equation:

Religion + Good Works = Good Works

Solve for Religion.

Subtract Good Works… carry the one… Ahhhhhhhh.

I see what he did there

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• Anonymous

An integral of a logarithm, a differential and a factorial? That doesn’t look real

• dauntless

That would be fine. God doesn’t solve real problems, anyway.

• Anonymous

God∈ℂ ∧God∉ ℝ ⇒ ___

• Anonymous

Extra Credit:

Religion + Good Works = Good Works + Crusades + Slavery

Good Works/2 =  Good Works – 0.5 x Prayer

Shouldn’t the second one be

Good Works/2 = Good Works + 0.5*Prayer

• Drakk

Let Religion = R, Good Works = GW, Crusades = C, Slavery = S, Prayer = P

R + GW = GW + C + S
subtract GW: R = C + S, QED

GW/2 = GW + P/2

Multiply through by 2: GW = 2GW + P
Subtract 2GW: -GW = P

Then P = -GW, QED

• Drakk

then B = -G

P = -GW P = BW

• Anonymous

We don’t have forged mathematical treatises attributed to famous mathematicians in antiquity for a reason: Nobody could pull that off unless he also possessed first-rate mathematical ability and presented rigorous proofs for his theorems. You just can’t bullshit mathematicians in their own field.

By contrast, any reasonably literate person could have written a gospel or a letter allegedly from one of Jesus’ apostles or from the convert Paul, and find others who would accept it as the real deal.

• Anonymous

The problem in the photo looks completely bogus – someone just strung some symbols together at random.

• ff42

Come on good people, obviously the answer is 42!

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