Monday, February 20, 2006

Members of the clergy join in the Natural Selection/Intelligent Design debate, and on the side of science, too...

From Reuters, via CNN.com:
Scientists enlist clergy in evolution battle.
The nice part about this article and the Clergy Letter Project itself is that it reframes the debate between NS/ID in terms that reconcile materialistic, empirical science with moral, value-driven religion. That reconciliation comes not by marrying the two fields, but clearly articulating the differences between the questions that science tries to answer and that religion tries to answer.
It was a shame when so-called "social-Darwinist" tried to use evolutionary theory to degrade human dignity and justice through eugenics and other deplorable practices; it will be shame if religiously-minded people water down the teaching of science and the wonder of the world around us.
I will also admit that as a practicing Roman Catholic and lover of science and evolutionary biology, I am hearted by the words of Father George Coyne, a scientist and priest at the Vatican: "The intelligent design movement belittles God. It makes God a designer, an engineer...[t]he God of religious faith is a god of love. He did not design me."

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