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Science Refutes God

From the Panel


  • Has Physics Made Philosophy and Religion Obsolete?
    Ross Anderson, Atlantic, April 23, 2012A wide-ranging interview with Lawrence Krauss after the publication of his book, A Universe From Nothing.
  • A Blip that Speaks of Our Place in the Universe
    Lawrence Krauss, New York Times, July 10, 2012Following the breakthrough discovery of the Higgs particle, Krauss explains its importance in the universe’s creation.
  • Should Science Speak to Faith?
    Lawrence Krauss and Richard Dawkins, Scientific American, June 19, 2007Two prominent advocates for science discuss how scientists should approach religion and its followers.
  • A Universe Without Purpose
    Lawrence Krauss, Los Angeles Times, April 1, 2012As particle physics revolutionizes the concepts of "something" (elementary particles and the forces that bind them) and "nothing" (the dynamics of empty space or even the absence of space), the famous question, "Why is there something rather than nothing?" is also revolutionized.
  • The Faithful Must Learn to Respect Those Who Question Their Beliefs
    Lawrence Krauss, Guardian, February 7, 2012Tensions between religion and science will persist unless believers recognise that skepticism is a hallmark of science.
  • Philosophy v. Science: Which Can Answer the Big Questions of Life?
    Julian Baggini and Lawrence Krauss, Observer, September 2012Julian Baggini fears that, as we learn more and more about the universe, scientists are becoming increasingly determined to stamp their mark on other disciplines. Here, he challenges theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss over 'mission creep' among his peers.
  • A Universe from Nothing
    Lawrence Krauss, January 2012Krauss explains the groundbreaking new scientific advances that turn the most basic philosophical questions on their heads in his newest book.


  • Much Ado About Nothing
    Michael Shermer, Scientific American, May 1, 2012 Shermer explores what created the universe and explains multiple universes, M-theory, quantum foam creation, and other hypotheses still in their formative stage.
  • Nothing Is Negligible: Why There Is Something Rather than Nothing
    Michael Shermer, eSkeptic, June 11, 2012 Shermer discusses 12 possible answers to the question of why there is something rather than nothing.
  • Climbing Mount Immortality
    Scientific American, April 1, 2012 Forget about resurrection - the only way to reach immortality is by creating a legacy.
  • Why Darwin Matters: The Case Against Intelligent Design
    Michael Shermer, Times Books, 2006 Shermer examines the difference between supernatural design (creationism) and natural design (evolution).
  • The Real Science Behind Scientology
    Scientific American, November 1, 2011 Scientology’s origins were based in a science fiction’s writer’s desire to earn money and have no actual basis in science.
  • Hope Springs Eternal: Science, the Afterlife & the Meaning of Life
    Michael Shermer, Skeptic This is my position on the afterlife: I don’t know and you don’t either.
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  • When Science Points to God
    Townhall Magazine, November 28, 2008When science, far from disproving God, seems to be pointing with ever-greater precision toward transcendence, imagination and wishful thinking seem all that is left for the atheists to count on.
  • Evolution of Darwin
    Dinesh D’Souza, Christianity Today, January 1, 2009 So does a belief in evolution automatically lead to disbelief in God? Actually, Darwin didn't think that. Darwin was not an "intellectually fulfilled atheist"; rather, he called himself an agnostic.
  • Life After Death: The View from the Edge
    Dinesh D’Souza, Huffington Post, November 5, 2009 The best empirical evidence for life after death comes from people who have had ‘near death experiences.’
  • What Atheists Kant Refute
    Dinesh D'Souza,Christian Science Monitor, October 17, 2007Atheism foolishly presumes that reason is, in principle, capable of figuring out all that there is, while theism at least knows that there is a reality greater than, and beyond, that which our senses and our minds can ever apprehend.
  • Why Miracles Are Possible
    Dinesh D’Souza, Chicago Sun Times, November 26, 2008D’Souza argues that since scientific laws are not always absolute; miracles are possible.
  • Atheism, Not Religion, Is the Real Force Behind the Mass Murders of History
    Dinesh D'Souza, Christian Science Monitor, November 21, 2006Many of the conflicts that are counted as ‘religious wars’ were not fought over religion. They were mainly fought over rival claims to territory and power.


  • Engaging Today’s Militant Atheist Argument
    Ian Hutchinson, BioLogos Foundation, March 2, 2011A critical look at “scientism”, the belief that science is all the real knowledge that exists.
  • Faith in the Halls of Science: A Conversation with Ian Hutchinson
    Evan Peck and Karl Giberson, Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith, September 2008Hutchinson discusses the science/faith debate, Intelligent Design, and the Christian response.
  • Science: Christian and Natural
    American Association for the Advancement of Science, Dialogue on ScienceScience and faith are complementary views of the world.
  • Can Science Explain Everything?
    American Association for the Advancement of Science, Dialogue on Science Ethics and Religion, December 2011Ian Hutchinson debates physics professor Lisa Randall about science and where it comes up short.


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  • Does Science Make Belief in God Obsolete? No, But It Should
    Christopher Hitchens, John Templeton FoundationThe original problem with religion is that it is our first, and our worst, attempt at explanation.
  • Is Religion a Threat to Rationality and Science?
    Daniel Dennett and Robert Winston, The Guardian, April 21, 2008The irrationality connected to religion is something to be feared.
  • Is Science a Religion?
    Richard Dawkins, Humanist, January/February 1997Science can offer a vision of life and the universe which, for humbling poetic inspiration far outclasses any of the mutually contradictory faiths and disappointingly recent traditions of the world's religions.
  • Science Must Destroy Religion
    Sam Harris, Edge Annual Question, 2006The conflict between religion and science is inherent and (very nearly) zero-sum.