Science Meets Religion
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The universe and the observer exist as a pair. ... The moment you say that the universe exists without any observers, I cannot make any sense out of that. I cannot imagine a consistent theory of everything that ignores consciousness. A recording device cannot play the role of an observer, because who will read what is written on this recording device? In order for us to see that something happens, and say to one another that something happens, you need to have a universe, you need to have a recording device, and you need to have us. It's not enough for the information to be stored somewhere, completely inaccessible to anybody. It's necessary for somebody to look at it. You need an observer who looks at the universe. In the absence of observers, our universe is dead. -- Andre Linde (Russian-American cosmologist), interviewed by Tim Folger, "Does the Universe Exist if We're Not Looking?", Discover, 1 Jun 2002, available at Folger2002.
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Updated 2 January 2021
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.
The material on this site is targeted to a broad spectrum of scientific, religious and social movements. However, no advertisements or solicitations to support any organization (scientific, academic or religious) are allowed.
Outline of Available Material
SMR blog (over 100 items).
This blog features essays, news items and book reviews covering 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 an intellectually honest common ground between science and religion.
Evolution, Creationism and Intelligent Design (29 articles). This section discusses creationism, DNA, evolutionary novelty, fossils, geological ages, intelligent design, irreducible complexity, the origin of life, probability, radiometric dating, speciation, thermodynamics and related topics.
Philosophy (22 articles). This section discusses atheism, controversies, determinism, history of the science-religion conflict, morality, naturalism, postmodernism, pseudoscience, scientific progress, secular humanism, social decline, and related topics.
Q&A: Physics and
Cosmology (17 articles). This section discusses the anthropic principle, big bang cosmology, computer science, cosmic coincidences, the cosmological constant paradox, Fermi's paradox, fine tuning, inflation, the multiverse and related topics.
Theology (23 articles). This section discusses biblical archaeology, biblical inerrancy, big bang theology, evolution theology, God as a scientific hypothesis, God-of-the-gaps theology, natural law, Noah's flood, commentary on the "war" between science and religion and related topics.
Bibliography (over 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.
Editor's website: Research website.
Disclaimer and copyright: 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. All material is copyrighted (c) 2021 by David H. Bailey.
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.