For Ben Quash, scripture and tradition are givens. Our task is to discover and reinterpret what we have been given.
faith and science
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.
We might still pray for rain, but we can account for thunder without invoking bowling gods. Is there still a place for God?
The same week the European Organization for Nuclear Research announced the discovery of a new sub-atomic particle—which may be the missing puzzle piece for physics’ theory of everything—we also learned that some 46 percent of poll respondents hold “creationist views of human origins.” I might not be as incensed as Katha Pollitt is, but I’m distressed by this poll.