Science Meets Religion
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The opening chapters of Genesis, and scriptures related thereto, were never intended as a textbook of geology, archaeology, earth-science, or man-science. Holy Scripture will endure, while the conceptions of men change with new discoveries. We do not show reverence for the scriptures when we misapply them through faulty interpretation. -- James E. Talmage (early 20thC LDS Apostle), "The Earth and Man," LDS Church, Salt Lake City, UT, 1931; reprinted in The Juvenile Instructor, vol. 100, no. 12 (Dec 1965), pg. 474-477 and vol. 101, no. 1 (Jan 1966), pg. 9-15.
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A website dedicated to the search for harmony between science and religion
The objective of this website is to collect high-quality, authoritative information on topics in the intersection of science and religion, and to present this information in a rigorous, well-documented manner. Topics range from the philosophy of science, Judeo-Christian theology, biblical scholarship, creationism, intelligent design, modern physics, big bang cosmology and environment, organized into more than 80 separate articles (not including an additional 90 articles in the blog). These articles are updated periodically as new results and scholarship become available. Detailed references are given in all cases, and all references are listed in an extensive bibliography.
Material on this site is provided for research and education purposes only. No advertisements are permitted, nor are any solicitations to support any organization -- scientific, academic or religious. Most of the material is representative of and targeted to a broad spectrum of Judeo-Christian thought. Indeed, the vast majority of these issues are common to a wide range of religious denominations. Where theologians or religious leaders are quoted, their affiliation is indicated when possible. At the request of several LDS friends, I have also included a selection of information specifically of interest to LDS readers, placed on a separate section of the website:
Outline of Available Material
This blog features philosophical musings, interesting quotes and
essays, all in the general realm of science and religion. New items
are posted every week or two.
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.
This page links to numerous interesting recent news articles in the
general area of modern science and religion. New entries are posted
frequently, usually on a daily basis.
Evolution, Creationism and Intelligent Design (currently 26
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 (currently 19 articles). This section discusses
scientific controversies, atheism, determinism, naturalism,
postmodernism, the history of the science-religion conflict,
social studies and related topics.
Q&A: Physics and
Cosmology (currently 11 articles). This section discusses
modern physics, cosmology, the big bang, the multiverse, cosmic
coincidences, the cosmological constant paradox, Fermi's paradox,
computer science and related topics.
Theology (currently 21 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.
This links to a collection of interesting quotations on the topic of
science and religion by respected scientists, theologians and
Resources: books, articles, Internet sites and bibliography.
This site features some particularly well-written recent books and
articles, together with a comprehensive bibliography of all works
cited in the articles above (currently over 700 items).
LDS pages (currently 10 articles).
This section of the website includes material specifically of interest to LDS readers (the other material above is targeted to a more general Judeo-Christian audience).
This site is compiled and edited by David H. Bailey of Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory (recently retired) and the University of California, Davis: Research website | Personal website. The editor's published works include six books and over 200 technical articles, not including those on this site, ranging in topics from high-performance computing, computational mathematics, probability, computational biology, as well as several articles in science and religion.
Disclaimer: Material on this site does not necessarily reflect views of the editor's research institutions, funding agencies, religious affiliation or any other organization. Also, inclusion of material (articles, quotations, excerpts) on this website does not necessarily indicate that the editor endorses that material. Where authors are indicated, those authors are themselves responsible for the contents.
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.
Revision date and copyright: David H. Bailey
1 Jan 2015 (c) 2015