Yet another accommodationist writes in

This is the third and last email I’ll post from people reacting to the recent re-publication on Yahoo! News of my Conversation article, “Yes, there is a war between science and religion.”   I stand by what I said and assert again that the incompatibility between the two—war, if you will—is that religion accepts certain truths … Continue reading Yet another accommodationist writes in

What does the Webb telescope reveal about God?

A few days ago, a reporter for the Voice of America‘s website called me and said she was working on a piece about the compatibility of science and religion, all prompted by some religionists’ claim that the Webb Space telescope revealed the handiwork of God.  I guess she interviewed me because I’m an advocate of … Continue reading What does the Webb telescope reveal about God?

Three ideological confrères produce a questionable piece of accommodationism

The Heterodox Academy has a subgroup, Heterodox STEM, which deals with “heterodox” views of STEM—most of them being criticisms of the new “woke” initiatives that are invading the sciences. Heterodox STEM has a Substack, too, where you can see a number of people standing up against the “successor ideology”. A splendid example of that is … Continue reading Three ideological confrères produce a questionable piece of accommodationism

More than half of Americans oppose the use of Arabic numerals!

Just a bit of fun, but the headline below is true. The survey on which it’s based is reported in this article in from the Independent, which you can see by clicking on the screenshot:(you can register for free with email and a password if it’s blocked; there’s no paywall) So, here are some results … Continue reading More than half of Americans oppose the use of Arabic numerals!

Bertrand Russell on faith versus fact

I was shocked when a reader mentioned, in a recent comment, that the famous philosopher, logician, mathematician and vociferous atheist Bertrand Russell had written a book about the conflict between religion and science. How could I have missed it when I wrote a book about the same issue in 2015, and spent two years reading … Continue reading Bertrand Russell on faith versus fact

Five books, all trying to show that science and religion are BFFs, get my kishkes in a knot

UPDATE: Philosopher Maarten Boudry has issued a series of tweets also criticizing Harrison’s take on the relationship of science and religion. Here’s the first one, but there are about two dozen in the thread: I've been away from the debate about science & religion for a few years. This interview with historian Peter Harrison (@uqpharri) … Continue reading Five books, all trying to show that science and religion are BFFs, get my kishkes in a knot

The Friendly Atheist discusses the incompatibility of science and religion

Here’s Hemant Mehta, the “Friendly Atheist,” not being very friendly towards accommodationists in his new video, “Can science and religion coexist?” He gives a firm “no”, and I have to hand it to him: he doesn’t pull any punches. Now if you’ve read Faith Versus Fact (and if you haven’t, why not?), you won’t find … Continue reading The Friendly Atheist discusses the incompatibility of science and religion

Public acceptance of evolution grows in the U.S.

According to a survey just published in Public Understanding of Science, acceptance of evolution is increasing in the United States. Click on the screenshot below to read the article (it’s free), or access the pdf here. The survey continued data collected over 35 years, but a lot of the methodology is described in the Supplemental … Continue reading Public acceptance of evolution grows in the U.S.

Does science need religion because only faith gives us “meaning and purpose”?

You already know the answer. But let me blather a bit. I don’t read Patheos much, but an alert reader told me about an article at it’s sub-site Public Theology—a name that would normally make me click away immediately. I’ve read enough theology in my life that my craw is full of it, and I … Continue reading Does science need religion because only faith gives us “meaning and purpose”?

Templeton-sponsored accommodationist cartoon in Nautilus

Reader Michael called my attention to a comic-book presentation of accommodationism at the website Nautilus, a site founded and apparently still funded by the John Templeton Foundation. Click on the screenshot if  you want to see this heavy-handed presentation: The comic highlights a new venture, Science and Religion: Exploring the Spectrum (SRES), which is sponsored by the Templeton … Continue reading Templeton-sponsored accommodationist cartoon in Nautilus