Science & Religion in Dialogue

There is some promise. See the story in today’s Inside Higher Ed.

Scientists Get Religion
June 17, 2010
WASHINGTON – Jennifer Wiseman is an astrophysicist and a Christian. Both of those elements will come into play in her new role with the American Association for the Advancement of Science, where she aims to civilize the sometimes-divisive discourse between the broader scientific and religious communities.

It is encouraging to see that such dialogue is continuing to be embraced in the realm of science. However, the very first comment on this story makes it clear that it will not be an easy conversation.

But at the end of the day there will always be a gap between religion and science that cannot be bridged. Scientists cannot accept superstitious beliefs that flout physical laws.Assertions about e.g., winged horses, virgin births, burning bushes, miracles, prophecies,and the like fly in the face of all that the human race has learned about the world and the way it works.

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