Via DHG, Jerry Coyne has a piece in The New Republic explaining at length why science and religion can never really play nice. The occasion is a book review of books by Karl Giberson and Ken Miller, two god-believers who have done much to help American Christians wrap their faith around biology. Coyne does some backstabbing:
This disharmony is a dirty little secret in scientific circles. It is in our personal and professional interest to proclaim that science and religion are perfectly harmonious. … [But] Attempts to reconcile God and evolution keep rolling off the intellectual assembly line. It never stops, because the reconciliation never works.
Right, but when someone writes a condescending article about why science trumps everything, the presses go silent and believers bow their heads in submission. What never works is wishing our own humanity away. Stubborn antipathy between science and religion is just as inconsistent with the facts as perfect harmony. [go!]