Tuesday, May 01, 2007


Evolution for Everyone

Episcopal Life Online has published a report of a talk by David Sloan Wilson, author of the recently published Evolution for Everyone and founder of the Evolutionary Studies Program at Binghamton University, to the Ecumenical Roundtable on Science, Technology and the Church, held April 20 in Manchester, New Hampshire.

According to the report, Wilson’s primary current interest is studying religion and related cultural movements, using the theoretical framework of evolution.

Asked why an atheist with an appointment in the Department of Biological Sciences would take such an interest in religion, Wilson responded with two reasons, according to Phina Borgeson.

"Religion is an intellectually fascinating topic. It always has been for scientists, and explaining it from an evolutionary perspective is a major challenge and accomplishment," he said. "But I’m also a do-gooder. I may not have a religious dimension to my actions, but I have a lot of things in common with religious people. I believe that the future can differ from the past, and I think spirituality is a form of long-term expansive planning."


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