Science Meets Religion
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For even if scientists concluded that some intelligent being had tinkered with the initial conditions and cosmological constants, pointing them in the direction of life and mind, this "being" would still be an abstraction, and not the living God of religion. It would be a great empty plugger of gaps, and not the personal God of Abraham, Jesus and Muhammad. The [strong anthropic principle] is no more capable of confirming or deepening our religious life than are the old arguments of God's existence. The realms of science and religion are radically distinct. Once again, then, in the interest of maintaining the integrity of both religion and science, we refuse to derive any theological consequences or religious comfort from this spuriously popular "scientific" theory. -- John F. Haught (Catholic philosopher), Science and Religion: From Conflict to Conversation, Paulist Press, Mahwah, NJ, 1995, pg. 131.
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Updated 1 January 2022
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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) 2022 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.