Religion, Science and Secular Reason
This review essay of two recent books provides a useful introduction to some of the philosophical problems surrounding the compatibility of religion and science. Prof. Coyne thinks that religion and science can never really be made compatible – but is this right? How might one form an ‘indirect’ response to this kind of view?
It would appear, then, that one cannot be coherently religious and scientific at the same time. That alleged synthesis requires that with one part of your brain you accept only those things that are tested and supported by agreed-upon evidence, logic, and reason, while with the other part of your brain you accept things that are unsupportable or even falsified. In other words, the price of philosophical harmony is cognitive dissonance. Accepting both science and conventional faith leaves you with a double standard: rational on the origin of blood clotting, irrational on the Resurrection; rational on dinosaurs, irrational on virgin births.
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