Chris Mooney and Barbara Forrest love the faithful more than me

Over on his Discover blog The Intersection, Chris Mooney (author of The Republican War on Science) and Barbara Forrest (philosopher of science and witness at the Dover trial) take me to task for not being sufficiently nice to the faithful, and assert that my criticism of science/faith accommodationism will alienate those liberal Christians who support […]

Dennis Overbye on faith vs. science

A curious but very good piece in the New York Times today:  a review of the movie “Angels & Demons” by the science writer Dennis Overbye.   Overbye takes to task the popular attitude that scientists are geekish upstarts who think they have the truth but don’t: This may seem like a happy ending. Faith and […]

Can the supernatural be studied? Kiri-kin-tha’s first law of metaphysics

by Greg Mayer A tactic pursued vigorously by cdesign proponentsists is to claim that scientists assume that God (and other supernatural beings) doesn’t exist, and that this assumption is just that: an assumption, with no empirical basis. Roger Pennock has responded to this claim, most notably in his book Tower of Babel, noting that it […]

Child doomed by religious faith: update

by Greg Mayer Jerry sent me this update on the situation of Daniel Hauser, the 13 year old Minnesota boy whose parents had stopped his treatment for Hodgkin’s lymphoma (a very treatable form of cancer) because of their adherence to some obscure religious group that claims “our religion is our medicine.” The judge, ruling that […]

Child doomed by religious faith

With or without religion, good people can behave well and bad people can do evil; but for good people to do evil — that takes religion. –Steven Weinberg No conflict between science and religion, you say?  Have a look at this article from the Minneapolist StarTribune.  Thirteen-year old Daniel Hauser, whose parents are Catholics but […]

P. Z. Myers goes after Templeton

He must have a long spoon that must eat with the devil. —Shakespeare, Comedy of Errors Over at Pharyngula, the indefatigable P. Z. has a thoughtful post about whether scientists should take money from The Templeton Foundation. . . . How about an institution that hands out large grants with the expectation that the work […]

Russell Blackford on The National Academy of Sciences and its accommodationism

Over at Metamagician and the Hellfire Club, Russell Blackford (owner of Felix) has a nice analysis of the National Academy of Sciences’ policy on reconciling religion and science, decrying their accommodationism.  Part of the NAS’s statement is below (these are NOT Russell’s words); you can hear the same tired old bromides falling into line.  When […]

Francis Collins sees God in quantum mechanics

Over at New Scientist, Andy Coghlan takes on BioLogos (Francis Collins’s new accommodationist website), and its theistic assertion that God can act through the “uncertainties” in quantum mechanics. (This is also an argument made by Kenneth Miller in Finding Darwin’s God.) Coghlan quotes BioLogos and then dismantles the argument: “With quantum mechanical uncertainty and the […]

World Science Festival Redux

The people at the World Science Festival have asked me to publish their response to a number of us who expressed concern about their support from The Templeton Foundation and their inclusion of a program to discuss/harmonize faith and science.  In the interest of fairness, here is their letter.  I will again post my regretful […]

Accommodationism, philosophy, and the meaning of life

Over at Metamagician and the Hellfire Club, Russell Blackford has a nice post on accommodationism, and how it has been deliberately but subtly integrated into the supposedly religion-neutral statements of organizations like the National Center for Science Education.  He’s a philosopher, so his analysis is much more finely reasoned than mine have been.  And lest […]