Category Archives: Accommodationism

Are science and religion compatible?: a discussion TONIGHT between Larry Moran and Denis Alexander

Tonight there will be a debate at 7 p.m. on the topic of accommodationism: the announcement is below, and if you’re not in Toronto, you can watch it live on YouTube (see below). The participants are Denis Alexander, one of the more amusing accommodationists I’ve read, and Larry Moran, an evolutionary biologist and biochemist at […]

Simon Conway Morris drinks the Jesus Kool-Aid: human ability to do math proves God

If you’ve followed the career of Simon Conway Morris, the famous Cambridge paleontologist, you’ll know about his work on the Burgess Shale as well as his refutation of Stephen Jay Gould’s thesis that the animals in that formation represented fundamentally novel phyla that died out due solely to “historical contingency.” You might also know that Conway […]

Blackford vs. Pigliucci: scientism, religion, and the “demarcation problem”

Ah, the philosphy fracas continues! First Russell Blackford wrote a laudatory review of Faith versus Fact for Talking Philosophy. Then Massimo Pigliucci, who never fails to remind us that he has three—count them, three—doctorates, and is therefore more qualified than anyone to assess both philosophy and biology, took out after Russell’s review—without having read my […]

Surprise! National Public Radio touts unrepentant atheism, defends the idea that atheist lives have meaning

At last! After years of assailing our ears with the wet smacking of faith-osculation and the unbearable blather of Krista Tippett, National Public Radio (NPR) has published a piece defending atheism and dismantling one of the commonest criticisms tendered by the Unthinking Faithful: atheism sucks the meaning out of life. And I’m proud to see that the […]

Massimo Pigliucci takes out after Russell Blackford and me

Over at Philosopher’s Magazine (PM) online, Massimo Pigliucci takes it upon himself to review Russell Blackford’s review of my book Faith versus Fact—without in fact having read my book itself (his review is called “In defense of accommodationism: on the proper relationship between science and religion”).  Now I’ve done something like that before, but I’ve tried to […]

Russell Blackford on science, religion, accommodationism, and Faith Versus Fact

Over at the “Cogito” (philosophy) section of The Conversation website, Brother Russell Blackford discusses (and dismisses) the compatibility of science and religion in a short essay called “Against accomodationism: How science undermines religion.” A substantial part of his piece is also a review of Faith Versus Fact, which I’m happy to see is positive. I won’t summarize Russell’s […]

The duplicity of Templeton

I’m not going to let up on the John Templeton Foundation (JTF), for, despite their fervent assurances to the contrary, they’re still in the business of trying to drag science and religion into a loving concordat. They do this in numerous ways, but always their end is to fulfill the dreams of their founder and funder, who […]

New Scientist publishes theology, for crying out loud

I was taken aback when reader Dom told me that New Scientist had published an article—an accommodationist article—by a theologian.  It’s not online, so I had to go digging for it in our e-library, but I found it: “God vs. the multiverse,” by Mary-Jane Rubenstein, published in the December 19th issue. Rubenstein is Professor and Chair of Religion […]

Slate: No conflict between science and religion

Slate is a much more science-friendly venue than Salon, thanks largely to Slate’s rational editors and its avoidance of Salon-style clickbait. But its science section did publish an accommodationist piece in late October, “Do science and religion conflict?”, by Rachel Gross, that I think needs a bit of critique. I’ve sat on this for a while due to the […]

PuffHo touts syncretism: a particularly loopy form of accommodationism

I mention syncretism in Faith versus Fact as one of the many varieties of accommodationism, but don’t devote much space to it because it’s loopy. What I mean by “syncretism” is the argument that there can be no disparity between religious and scientific “truth” (a conviction of some Christian fundamentalists, who see the “truth” of evolution as […]


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