Category Archives: Accommodationism

Templeton wastes $11 million in attempt to change evolutionary biology

For some time, a group of biologists have been promoting the idea that the Modern Synthetic Theory of Evolution (which they call “Standard Evolutionary Theory,” or SET) is incomplete in major ways, and needs a reboot. Their main contention is that the SET is too “gene-centric”, and ignores environmental factors—like non-genetic developmental plasticity, epigenetic modification,  and ‘niche […]

Oy! An accommodationist comic book

Excuse me; I should have said “graphic novel” in the title, but I can barely bring myself to describe this venture as having the gravitas of real graphic novels like Maus or The Rabbi’s Cat. The bad news is that the science-and-faith-are-friends juggernaut is rolling on. The good news is that this project may not reach […]

Immiscible

A new cartoon from reader Pliny the in Between on hir website Evolving Perspectives:

BioLogos tells “The Big Story”, becomes less scientific and more evangelical

I haven’t been to the BioLogos site in a while, but I hied myself over there yesterday, and was appalled—but not surprised—to see that the site has become yet more evangelical while moving even farther away from scientific evolution. (Remember that the organization was founded by Francis Collins and Karl Giberson, both of whom have left it, to try to […]

Another misguided believer claims that science is based on faith

I guess it was too much for me to hope that my 2013 Slate essay, “No faith in science,” would once and for all dispel the claim that science is just like religion in depending on faith. My point was simple: what “faith” means in science is “confidence based on experience,” while the same term in religion […]

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks wins Templeton Prize

It was announced this morning that Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, chief Rabbi of the UK and Commonwealth from 1991 to 2013, will receive this year’s £1.1 million Templeton Prize. As the Jerusalem Post noted: Sacks said the prize money would enable and encourage him to continue his work promoting the voice of religion in the public […]

Sunday funnies

Here’s two new cartoons by reader Pliny the in Between from his/her website Evolving Perspectives. The first one’s called “Accommodation made easy.” Does the faitheist look familiar? And this one is “Seat Map“. Careful inspection and an acquaintance with this site’s news will show all:  

The Smithsonian does theology: sets up committee to promote accommodationism and show no disparity between religious and scientific views of human origins

The National Museum of Natural History, part of the government’s Smithsonian Institution, has a nice traveling exhibit on human evolution called “Exploring human origins: what does it mean to be human?“. Well, the first three words would have sufficed, as I’m not sure whether the question “What does it mean to be a human?” has an […]

Contest: guess the winner of the 2016 Templeton Prize

As the announcement below notes (click screenshot for full announcement), the winner of the £1.1 million 2016 Templeton Prize (full name: “The Templeton Prize for Progress Toward Research or Discoveries about Spiritual Realities”, historically awarded to those who espouse comity between science and religion, will be announced March 2. Click the screenshot below to go to […]

NY Times editor proclaims that science and religion are compatible

  I’ve long maintained that both the New Yorker and the New York Times are unconscionably soft on religion, even though I suspect that many of their writers and editors are atheists. (A welcome exception is Lawrence Krauss’s recent New Yorker essays on atheism, such as this one). But the good gray Times remains a resolute “believer in belief”— […]

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