Friday, November 17, 2006


God and Man in OC

Are scientists are trying to undermine the public's belief in the existence of God? Can a person simultaneously believe in God and in the findings of science?

Gary Robbins, a reporter for The Orange County Register asked scientists those questions after Richard Dawkins spoke on his new book, The God Delusion, at Caltech recently.

Unsurprisingly, the answers were as varied as the scientists who offered them.

Read what what they had to say here.

For our money, John Olmstead, an emeritus professor of chemistry, Cal State Fullerton says it best:
Looking at modern science, it seems clear that there is an inherent contradiction between evolutionary biology and fundamentalist Christianity. For that matter, there is an inherent contradiction between all aspects of evolution – stellar, terrestrial and biological – and fundamentalist beliefs; but there is no inherent contradiction between belief in a higher being and evolution. Evolution is an elegant mechanism by which the unfathomable complexity of the universe came to be. Anyone has to marvel at this, and those who are religiously inclined will praise God for setting evolution into motion.


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