Religion is often organized in terms of a god, or gods. It's a system of beliefs embodied in a being or beings. But that's not always the case. It can mean more, a lot more, says Adam Frank after finding inspiration in the writing of Ronald Dworkin.
There is so much more to say about science and spirituality than we hear when predictable polarities play out in the media. We explore the places where science and religion find common ground, and the places where they appear to be in conflict.
Is there a bias against "Atheist" mail in the United States? A shoemaker in Berlin sees evidence of it after running an experiment that commentator Tania Lombrozo cites as "a great example of citizen science."
Strident strains of atheism often ignore the history of humanity's search for spiritual answers to the universe we live in. They shouldn't. One person who can help open the door to this vibrant landscape is the author Karen Armstrong.
As science advances, what we call "God" may be in need of serious revision. Especially if we do away with the supernatural when we think of deities.
Many demographic groups remain underrepresented in high-level government positions, including atheists — at least those out of the theistic closet. Commentator Tania Lombrozo wonders why atheists appear to be distrusted by the electorate.
In a speech at the College of William and Mary, the Dalai Lama described the unique nature of human compassion versus that of other animals. What matters as much as his conclusions, says commentator Barbara J. King, is the spiritual leader's beautifully scientific stance towards life.
In this idealized dialogue between faith and science, some of the most entrenched reasons for the common split are explored. Science insists in the reality of things, faith doesn't. Science measures, faith believes. How to deal with the origin of the universe?
In the 17th century, an Irish bishop famously concluded that the universe was created on October 23, 4004 BC. Scientists know that our universe, and our Earth, are much more ancient than that. Not everyone agrees, even in the year 2012.
How can some people accept the complexity and subtlety of the science underpinning our technologically based society and then turn right around to fully place their personal faith in the fantastic explanations of our world offered by religion?
In spite of all evidence to the contrary, we exhaust ourselves in an endless search for solidity and certainty. Commentator Adam Frank says, however, that release and happiness are the reward for people who accept the uncertain, ever-changing nature of the universe.
Listen to a provocative conversation between evolutionary biologist and atheist Richard Dawkins and NPR commentator Barbara J. King, on the nature of science, reason and faith. In her blog post, King reflects on the conversation.
Is the scientific world view in conflict with science itself, as philosopher Alvin Plantinga argues in a recent book? No, says Alva Noë.