"The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt." -- Bertrand Russell

Monday, June 18, 2012

What's the Relationship between Science and Religion?

There's a debate currently going on at the Huffington Post, with user feedback, on the relationship between Science and Religion. Instead of providing commentary directly on that debate, I thought that I would take some time to outline the four basic views that philosophers and historians have had on the science/religion interaction. This is not meant as an argument for one view over any other, but as an educational outline of the way philosophers have treated this distinction. The four basic views are:

1. Conflict (the Draper-White Thesis)
2. Dialogue
3. Independence (NOMA)
4. Complexity

Well, this is rather unexpected....

I've been following Leah Libresco's blog "Unequally Yoked" for quite some time. Originally, her blog fascinated me because she was an atheist, dating a Catholic, who was responding to a lot of religious literature. At the time I started reading her blog, I was an atheist, dating a Christian, who had just started writing a blog responding to a lot of religious literature. I felt like I could relate to her blog more so than some of the other blogs I had been reading. Since then, myself and the girl I had been dating broke up; Leah and her guy apparently split, too. Still, I kept reading her blog because it provided an interaction between atheism and theology that few blogs focused on. It also had the Ideological Turing Test, an experiment I thought was just really cool.

This morning, Leah announced that she just wrote what would be her last blog entry for the Patheos atheism portal. She apparently decided that her conception of Morality was really best characterised as a Person, and that thought best captured in Catholic doctrine. In other words, she has gone from being an atheist blogger to Catholic. Her new blog will be on the Patheos Catholic Channel.

Still, I will continue to read what she writes. It will be fascinating to see where she goes on this journey. And I wish her all the best in that journey.