Friday, February 12, 2010

Are science and atheism compatible?

Science brings no comfort to anyone with dogmatic beliefs.
Andrew Brown (
The General Synod this morning held a debate on science and religion, full of ordained scientists arguing that of course science and atheism are compatible. Indeed, the final vote was 241 to 2 in favor of the motion. I have failed to establish the identity of the dissident two. Faced with such a consensus, I thought it might be fun to flip the question on its back and ask to what extent science is compatible with atheism. Obviously the two are closely linked, in as much as science assumes the falsity or at least irrelevance of supernaturalism. But science is more than physics and chemistry, more even than biology. And the human sciences challenge a lot of beliefs held by many atheists. More>>

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