Science and religion: are they compatible?
In recent years a noticeable trend toward harmonizing the distinct worldviews of science and religion has become increasingly popular. This is due in part to public curiosity but also to the financial sponsorship of The John Templeton Foundation, which has poured a great deal of money into awards, fellowships, conferences, university courses, and publications. Despite marked public interest, many leading scientists remain skeptical that there is much common ground between scientific knowledge and religious belief. In this stimulating collection of articles on the subject, the editors have assembled the thoughts of scientists from various disciplines. Among the distinguished contributors are Sir Arthur C. Clarke (author of many famous works of science fiction); Nobel Prize Laureate Steven Weinberg (professor of physics at the University of Texas at Austin); Neil deGrasse Tyson (astrophysicist and director of the Hayden Planetarium); James Lovelock (creator of the Gaia hypothesis); Kendrick Frazier (editor of the "Skeptical Inquirer); Steven Pinker (cognitive scientist at MIT); Richard Dawkins (zoologist at Oxford University); Eugenie Scott (executive director of the National Center for Science Education); Owen Gingerich (Harvard astronomer); and many other eminent scientists and scholars. Among the topics discussed are the Big Bang and the origin of the universe, the nature of the "soul, " near-death experiences, and spiritualism.
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In ancient Rome, Sextus Empiricus, author of Outlines of Pyrrhonism, defended
the suspension of belief in regard to metaphysical, philosophical, and ethical
issues. He did not think that reliable knowledge about reality or ethical judgments
As a moral position (and therefore not as a deduction from my knowledge of
nature's factualiry), I prefer the "cold bath" theory that nature can be truly "cruel"
and "indifferent" in the utterly inappropriate terms of our ethical discourse —
... at the ethical and philosophical aspects of Gaia. I have put before you the
proposition that, in addition to being a theory in science, Gaia offers a worldview
for agnostics. This would require an interactive trust, not blind faith, and a trust
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The author does a good job of describing the controversies between science and religion, but is too quick to dismiss the reality of the disputes, and the difficulty of resolving them. Adopting ... Read full review
An Overview of the Issues
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Cosmology and God
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