9/01/2008

AAAS STATEMENT ON SCIENCE AND RELIGION



Ian Barbour is often considered the father of science-religion studies. In his 1999 Templeton Prize acceptance speech, Barbour identified four modes in which science and religion can interact, among them conflict and compartmentalization (as in the case of Gould's NOMA). Both of these modes often seem unsatisfactory when contemplating evolution, however.

Along those lines, the above video was produced by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, arguably (along with the National Academy of Science) the most influential scientific organization in North America, and indeed, the world. It represents what the mainstream scientific community urges as prudent and helpful where the relationship of science and religion is concerned. I hope that my readership finds this helpful, as well.



2 comments:

Stan said...

Unfortunately my rural phoneline internet connection inhibits the downloading of videos... is there a statement in ascii somewhere?
Thanks.

Scott Hatfield . . . . said...

Stan: I don't think a transcript of the video itself is available, but there is a wealth of resources from AAAS describing their positions on evolution education, why they oppose ID and why they feel that there should be dialogue between science and religion. You can find these resources, in part, here:

http://www.aaas.org/spp/dser/