Science Meets Religion
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Science tries to document the factual character of the natural world, and to develop theories that coordinate and explain these facts. Religion, on the other hand, operates in the equally important, but utterly different, realm of human purposes, meanings, and values -- subjects that the factual domain of science might illuminate, but can never resolve. Similarly, while scientists must operate with ethical principles, some specific to their practice, the validity of these principles can never be inferred from the factual discoveries of science. -- Stephen Jay Gould (American biologist), Rocks of Ages: Science and Religion in the Fullness of Life, Library of Contemporary Thought, New York, 1999, pg. 4-5.
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Updated 20 March 2019 (c) 2019
The objective of this website is to collect high-quality, authoritative information on topics in the arena of science and religion, and to present this information in a rigorous, intellectually honest, well-documented and non-partisan manner. Topics include evolution, creationism, intelligent design, physics, cosmology, philosophy, theology, biblical scholarship and social issues, organized into more than 80 separate articles (not including an additional 100+ articles in the blog). These articles are updated periodically as new research results and scholarship become available. Detailed references are given in all cases, with web links where available, and all references are listed in an extensive bibliography.
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Outline of Available Material
SMR blog (over 100 items).
This blog features philosophical musings, interesting quotes and essays, all in the general realm of science and religion. New items are posted every three or four weeks.
The Search for Harmony: A Summary Essay.
This article summarizes the conclusions of the three Q&A sections below, and sketches some promising directions for finding an honest common ground between science and religion.
Evolution, Creationism and Intelligent Design (27 articles). This section discusses evolution, creationism, intelligent design, geological ages, DNA, fossils, evolutionary novelty, irreducible complexity, speciation, probability, the origin of life, and related topics.
Philosophy (22 articles). This section discusses atheism, scientific controversies, determinism, morality, naturalism, postmodernism, progress, the history of the science-religion conflict, social studies and related topics.
Q&A: Physics and
Cosmology (16 articles). This section discusses modern physics, cosmology, the big bang, the multiverse, cosmic coincidences, the cosmological constant paradox, Fermi's paradox, universe fine-tuning, computer science and related topics.
Theology (23 articles). This section discusses biblical scholarship, God as a scientific hypothesis, God-of-the-gaps theology, natural law and theology, the "war" between science and religion and related topics.
Bibliography (approximately 1000 items).
This links to a comprehensive bibliography of all works cited in the articles above.
LDS pages (15 articles).
This section of the website includes some material specifically of interest to LDS readers.
This site is compiled and edited by David H. Bailey of Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory (recently retired) and the University of California, Davis: Research website. The editor's published works include six books and over 300 technical articles in mathematics, high-performance computing, finance and computational biology.
Disclaimer: Material on this site does not necessarily reflect views of the research institution, funding agency (if any) or religious affiliation of the editor or any of the specific authors listed for this material. Also, individual authors are solely responsible for their authored material.
Acknowledgments: The editor wishes to acknowledge many useful comments and contributed material from numerous friends and colleagues, including Glenn Branch, Brent Dalrymple, Peter Hess, Mark Isaak, Duane Jeffery, Kenneth Miller, Steven Peck, Eugenie Scott and others.