Thank you, Professor David Barash. In his first-year biology class, Barash begins with something he calls “The Talk.” He understands that a “substantial minority” of students come in unprepared by their religious backgrounds for the complexity and strangeness of evolutionary biology. They fear that the study of biology might challenge their “beliefs.” So he takes it upon himself to clear up what vestiges of William Paley and William Jennings Bryan remain among students.
An interdisciplinary group of scholars met recently to discuss religion in light of evolutionary biology.
Long ago, another atmospheric shift took place. It shows how different the earth's environments have been—and how different they may become.