Teaching Evolution

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Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Scientists Speak Up on Mix of God and Science

A fascinating opening to this article:

At a recent scientific conference at City College of New York, a student in the audience rose to ask the panelists an unexpected question: "Can you be a good scientist and believe in God?"

Reaction from one of the panelists, all Nobel laureates, was quick and sharp. "No!" declared Herbert A. Hauptman, who shared the chemistry prize in 1985 for his work on the structure of crystals.

Belief in the supernatural, especially belief in God, is not only incompatible with good science, Dr. Hauptman declared, "this kind of belief is damaging to the well-being of the human race."

But the rest of the article features many scientists who do believe in God, and includes information about the poll conducted by Edward J. Larson, who we've discussed around here before, that revealed that 40 percent of scientists believe in God.


At 12:06 PM, Blogger dhodge said...

I think the real question is, can you be a good Christian and believe in science? I would like to hear some religious leaders honestly address that issue; not just the whole evolution/creationism debate but the broader question of what happens when scientific discovery contradicts faith.


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