Greg Paul: the science of religion

April 26, 2011 • 5:21 am

I learned of this site from Brother Blackford, and it’s worth bookmarking. Gregory Paul, whom we’ve encountered before for documenting a negative correlation among countries between societal health and religiosity, has put together a collection of his scholarly and popular articles.  His site is The science of religion, and includes articles on sociology, theology, religion, and evolution.

If you’ve read Paul, you know that he’s a big booster of science but no fan of religion.  The site, and his pieces on the sociology of religion, deserve a look.

12 thoughts on “Greg Paul: the science of religion

  1. What do you think Paul means when he writes:

    Popular nontheism is similarly superficial and casual in most disbelievers. This conclusion is an example of how the results of the scientific methodology used by this and other objective researchers can be discomforting to the nontheist cause. That it is apparently impossible for a first world nation to both strongly support evolutionary science and be highly religious also challenges a widespread presumption of the proevolution camp.

    And what evidence does he suggest backs this up?

  2. I have had the good luck of personally having met Paul, he is fabulous. His studies are very powerful and the results are just amazing. He is currently working on a project concerning corruption at the Holy See with endorsement from Dawkins.

  3. Could you put a similar section on your own blog? Summaries of your own views on various aspects of science and religion? Your blog is great but you often pursue controversies with other specialists at great length. For those not as conversant as you with the literature and the players, it can get confusing and unenlightening. A sidebar containing your thoughts on various basic topics would be very useful. I feel I probably agree with most of your reasoning. But when, at great length, you are chasing down and pinioning yet another obscure (to the general public) philosophical villain, the underlying issues can get lost.
    Thanks for listening.

    Jerrold Alpern (Ed. Vol. at AMNH 4th Fl. fossil halls)

    1. Jerrold Alpern

      When I get confused about who is who and who thinks what (as I often do), I use the “Search” section on this site or I use Google to help clear up my confusion.

      1. Veronica,

        “Search” can always be used, of course, but if one is more interested in the argument than in the personalities, then perpetual Googling can be both tiresome and unilluminating.

  4. It caused me quite a moment of dissonance when I read Russell’s post about Gregory S Paul – it’s the same Greg S Paul who has caused a huge controversy in paleo-illustration circles for an egomaniacal rant against other scientific illustrators who follow in his footsteps. (See here and here for info and links.)

    I’ve been reading through the The Science of religion a bit since Russell pointed it out, and wow. What an incredible example of a bright mind who is capable of alienating a community through an online temper tantrum.

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