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Endin’ the Feudin’ Between Science and Religion

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The religious right has succeeded in dominating public discourse on the intersection of science and religion for a long time now. Among many other things, seesaw battles have been waged in many states over the teaching of creationism or intelligent design; and faith based “abstinence” programs as against thoughtful, comprehensive sexuality education.

But beyond the courtroom and legislative theatrics, and conflict driven media coverage, mainstream science and religion have been getting organized. Those who posit that religion and science are inherently in conflict are two sides of the same counter productive framing of the argument. Most Americans understand, believe and accept that faith and science are not necessarily in conflict. Those who support religious pluralism and sound science and science education are natural allies against the religious supremacism, Christian nationalism and crackpot science of the religious right.

A few of these efforts include Evolution Sunday, (actually, Evolution Weekend, Feb. 8 – 10 2008) in which hundreds of churches have sermons discussing the compatibility of their faith and evolutionary science; the publication of a book by the National Academy of Sciences on the compatibility of faith and science; and the publication of a groundbreaking theological statement by the United Church of Christ that seeks to end the “feud” between science and religion. The UCC has backed it up with an ad campaign targeted to science blogs.

Much more…

Written by fred

February 8th, 2008 at 2:10 pm

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  1. It’s about time! The left has been making Christians look like stupid Hillbillies for way too long. The Right has been using this issue to divide and rally support. The majority of us (somewhere in the middle) have been watching from the sidelines. Is there such thing as a “Centerist” party?? i have a slogan “The Centerists Party, Where common sense meets reality”


    14 Feb 08 at 6:36 am

  2. I really enjoy reading your blog, it always has great insight. But I am very frustrated with the media’s lack of questions to the presidential candidates about global warming. Now that it is down to just a few candidates I would think that this would be an issue.

    Live Earth just picked up this topic and put out an article ( ) live earth is also asking why the presidential candidates are not being solicited for their stance on the issue of the climate change. I just saw a poll on that says people care a lot about what their next leader thinks of global warming. Does anyone know of another poll or other results about this subject?

    Here is the page where I saw the EarthLab poll: This is a pretty legit website; they are endorsed by Al Gore and the alliance for climate protection and they have a carbon footprint calculator. Does anyone have a strong opinion about this like I do? No matter what your political affiliation is or who you vote for this is an important issue for our environment, our economy and for homeland security.


    15 Feb 08 at 4:13 pm

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