Evolution and Religious Faith

NPR.org, August 8, 2005 · At its extremes, the current debate over teaching Darwin's theory of evolution pits science against religion, with the scientific community nearly unanimous in its faith in Darwin and equal certainty about divine intervention by many of deep religious faith. Taking Issue asks religious leaders what their faith tells them about the shaping of life and whether it can be reconciled with evolution.


A Catholic View

George Sim Johnston

"What raises red flags for Catholics is not evolutionary theory per se, but materialist philosophy disguised as science."

George Sim Johnston is the author of Did Darwin Get It Right: Catholics and the Theory of Evolution.

Shibley Telhami

An Evangelical Baptist View

R. Albert Mohler

"Evolutionary theory stands at the base of moral relativism and the rejection of traditional morality."

R. Albert Mohler, Jr., Ph.D., is the president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary -- the flagship school of the Southern Baptist Convention. He hosts a daily radio program and maintains a blog.

Katharine Jefferts Schori

An Episcopal View

Katharine Jefferts Schori

"We are compelled to use all of the resources God has given us. Not to use our brains in understanding the world around us seems a cardinal sin."

Katharine Jefferts Schori, Ph.D., is the bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Nevada. She received a degree in marine biology from Stanford and a doctorate degree in oceanography at Oregon State University.

Sulayman Nyang

A Muslim View

Sulayman Nyang

"Rather than enclose man within the biological framework of Darwinian theory, man should be seen as a creature who yearns for a rendezvous with the source of his life and existence."

Sulayman Nyang teaches at Howard University in Washington, D.C. He also serves as co-director of Muslims in the American Public Square, a research project funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts.

Rabbi Bradley Hirschfield

A Jewish View

Rabbi Bradley Hirschfield

"Jewish tradition has always made room for both of these impulses, the one that seeks confirmation of the purposefulness and meaningfulness of existence, and the one that challenges our very definitions of those terms."

Rabbi Brad Hirschfield is the vice president of CLAL-The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership.


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