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Tag Archives: science v. religion
Science is driven by naturalism. It’s a tool for discovering material causes for material events. You can’t use the tool for any other purpose. But here’s why science is not, therefore, a tool for atheism: Both the atheist scientist and … Continue reading
Science v. Religion? An Evolutionary Biologist Promoting Public Acceptance for Evolutionary Theory with a Really Dumb Strategy
In thinking about biologist Jerry Coyne’s recent forays into the realms of PZ Myers-style religion bashing, I can’t help but wonder: Unless something else is going on psychologically (such as a hatred of religion as such), should religion be the central … Continue reading
Harvard biologist George Wald died in 1997, but I can’t help but wonder what he would have made of the vanguard biologists (Richard Dawkins, Jerry Coyne, and PZ Myers) who make up the post 9-11 new “confidence atheists” or “faitheists.” Dr. Wald … Continue reading
Hollywood Tries to Tackle the Science v. Religion Question Accompanied by Exorcist Music and Explosions
I haven’t seen the film, but the trailer makes it appear at least mildly interesting (philosophically and as a measure of our cultural Zeitgeist ):
The short answer is yes. To say that you reject not just particular individual gods (like Zeus, Vishnu, or Yahweh), but all gods (or the concept of God), necessarily entails that you must also believe that matter, energy, the laws … Continue reading
The Dalai Lama on the relation of his religion to science: If science proves some belief of Buddhism wrong, then Buddhism will have to change. In my view, science and Buddhism share a search for the truth and for understanding … Continue reading
Physicist Paul Davies on the perplexities of the life and consciousness friendly universe and its origin: The problem with saying God did it is that God himself or herself is unexplained, so you’re appealing to an unexplained designer. It doesn’t actually … Continue reading
Today I responded to biologist Jerry Coyne’s question, which he asked at his blog, about whether atheists should take theologians (or theological discussion) seriously. Here’s what I wrote: Professor Coyne: I’m an agnostic who (from my previous posts here) obviously has some intellectual … Continue reading
A Success Secret of Barack Obama? Conciliatory Rhetoric as a Ruthless Political Strategy for Isolating Opponents?
Isolate with love, empathy, and dialogue? This is a technique that Jonathan Chait thinks that Barack Obama uses as a sort of cunning ju-jitsu on his opposition. By drawing opponents out, inviting them into cooperation and compromise, he actually succeeds, … Continue reading
Who designed the designer? H. Allen Orr is Professor of Biology at the University of Manchester, and he questions Richard Dawkins’s famous “Ultimate 747” argument against belief in God: [T]he fact that we as scientists find a hypothesis question-begging—as when Dawkins … Continue reading