Scientists update book on evolution and faith in time for elections
Addresses the role of faith in human knowledge
Feb 12, 2008
A top panel of U.S. scientists has published a new book asserting that religious faith and belief in the theory of evolution “can be fully compatible” and that creationism has no place in science classes.
The 88-page Science, Evolution, and Creationism, produced by the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine, is an updated version of two previous books supporting evolution scholarship.
The 2008 version is different, according to the 15-person committee that designed it, because it is aimed at clergy and school board members and discusses the role of faith in human knowledge.
“Science and religion address separate aspects of human experience,” the book says. “Many scientists have written eloquently about how their scientific studies of biological evolution have enhanced rather than lessened their religious faith. And many religious people and denominations accept scientific evidence for evolution.”