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On the fundamental question--evolution or creation?--Americans are on the fence. According to one survey, while 61% of Americans believe we have evolved over time, 22% believe this evolution was guided by a higher power, with another 31% on the side of creationism. For some, modern science debunks many of religion's core beliefs, but for others, questions like "Why are we here?" and "How did it all come about?" can only be answered through a belief in the existence of God. Can science and religion co-exist?

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Lawrence Krauss

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Lawrence Krauss
  • Director, Origins Project and Foundation Professor at ASU
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Wednesday, December 31, 1969
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A wide-ranging interview with Lawrence Krauss after the publication of his book, A Universe From Nothing.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Following the breakthrough discovery of the Higgs particle, Krauss explains its importance in the universe’s creation.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Two prominent advocates for science discuss how scientists should approach religion and its followers.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

As 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.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Tensions between religion and science will persist unless believers recognise that skepticism is a hallmark of science.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Julian 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.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Krauss explains the groundbreaking new scientific advances that turn the most basic philosophical questions on their heads in his newest book.

Sunday, January 1, 2012
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Michael Shermer

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Michael Shermer
  • Founder, The Skeptics Society & Best-Selling Author
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“Science and faith do battle as arch rivals Michael Shermer and Deepak Chopra debate in this ABC Nightline Face-off.”

 

Monday, March 1, 2010

“Science is a verb and a way of thinking about things.”

Friday, September 1, 2006

Shermer and D’Souza debate whether religion is a force for good or evil in the world, and whether morality requires God.

Thursday, February 1, 2007

Michael Shermer gives his argument against the existence of God.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

“Are atheists who believe in aliens falling for one of humanity's oldest brain biases?”

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Shermer discusses his new book and argues, among other things, that religious and scientific attempts at the afterlife are problematic. 

Monday, January 22, 2018

“Religion was the first social institution to canonize moral principles, and God as an explanatory pattern for the world took on new powers as the ultimate enforcer of the rules. Thus it is that people are religious and believe in God.”

Saturday, August 1, 2009

“I believe that it is time to step out of our religious traditions and embrace science as the best tool ever devised for explaining how the world works, and to work together to create a social and political world that embraces moral principles and yet allows for natural human diversity to flourish.”

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

“Religion and philosophy have had their say for thousands of years what’s moral and not moral. I’m just saying let’s add to our quiver the arrow of science.”

Monday, March 25, 2013

“Why the decline? One factor is the dramatic spread of democracy around the globe over the past half a century.”

Sunday, December 1, 2013

“The arc of the moral universe bends not only toward justice, but toward truth and freedom, and these positive outcomes have largely been the product of societies moving toward more secular forms of governance and politics, law and jurisprudence, moral reasoning and ethical analysis.”

Sunday, February 1, 2015

“Religion. It is religion more than anything else that keeps people from wanting others to have the same rights as they do.”

Friday, April 3, 2015

“’There is no one answer to what makes a perfect society,’ he [Michael Shermer] says, and the attempt to create an earthly paradise can turn murderous.”

Friday, September 1, 2017

“Shermer begins with a simple notion: Humans are mortal, and yet it is near impossible to imagine our mortality. You cannot picture your death because you would no longer exist to experience it.”

Friday, December 22, 2017

“Skepticism, it would seem, is context-dependent.”

Monday, January 1, 2018

“We live in the here and now, not the hereafter, so our actions must be judged according to the criteria of this category, whether or not the category of a God-granted hereafter exists.”

Thursday, February 1, 2018
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
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Shermer explores what created the universe and explains multiple universes, M-theory, quantum foam creation, and other hypotheses still in their formative stage.

Wednesday, December 31, 1969
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Shermer discusses 12 possible answers to the question of why there is something rather than nothing.

Wednesday, December 31, 1969
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Forget about resurrection - the only way to reach immortality is by creating a legacy.

Wednesday, December 31, 1969
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Shermer examines the difference between supernatural design (creationism) and natural design (evolution).

Wednesday, December 31, 1969
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Scientology’s origins were based in a science fiction’s writer’s desire to earn money and have no actual basis in science.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011
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Ian Hutchinson

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Ian Hutchinson
  • Professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering, MIT
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Thursday, December 1, 2011
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A critical look at “scientism”, the belief that science is all the real knowledge that exists.

Wednesday, December 31, 1969
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Hutchinson discusses the science/faith debate, Intelligent Design, and the Christian response.

Wednesday, December 31, 1969
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Science and faith are complementary views of the world.

Wednesday, December 31, 1969
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Dinesh D'Souza

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Dinesh D'Souza
  • Author, What's So Great About Christianity
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Even if we set aside religious conviction, there are compelling reasons to believe in life after death.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009
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When 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.

Friday, November 28, 2008
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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.

Thursday, January 1, 2009
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The best empirical evidence for life after death comes from people who have had ‘near death experiences.’

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Atheism 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.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007
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Many 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.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006
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An interview with King’s College President Dinesh D’Souza: why he’ll argue against the motion, “The World Would Be Better Off Without Religion,” at the Nov. 15 Slate/Intelligence Squared U.S. debate.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011
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The undecided person is right to wonder how Christianity will make his life better. After all, he is considering not only whether to believe something but whether to base his life on it. D’Souza enumerates some concrete ways in which Christianity can improve our lives.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Across the globe, religious faith is thriving and religious people are having more children. By contrast, atheist conventions only draw a handful of embittered souls, and the atheist lifestyle seems to produce listless tribes that cannot even reproduce themselves.

Sunday, October 22, 2006
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Stan Guthrie, Breakpoint, November 12 & 19, 2009
An interview with D’Souza about his life as a Christian apologist.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016
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Evolutionists have some ingenious explanations for morality. But do they work?

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

If evolution cannot explain how humans became moral primates, what can?

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Dinesh D’Souza, the new president of New York City’s only Evangelical college, wants to build a “Christain A-team.”

Sunday, July 24, 2011

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The original problem with religion is that it is our first, and our worst, attempt at explanation.

Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Christopher Hitchens

The irrationality connected to religion is something to be feared.

Monday, April 21, 2008
Daniel Dennett and Robert Winston

The conflict between religion and science is inherent and (very nearly) zero-sum.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Sam Harris

AGAINST

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I am a scientist and a believer, and I find no conflict between those world views.

Tuesday, April 3, 2007
Francis Collins

Belief in God is not antithetical to the advancement of science.

Monday, January 9, 2012
Mehdi Hasan

Scientists like Richard Dawkins say the universe has no design, no purpose, no evil and no good, but these things are not the business of science.

Friday, May 28, 2010
Francisco Ayala

Today many scientists say there is no conflict between their faith and their work.

Monday, October 18, 2004
Stefan Lovgren

OVERVIEW

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Carroll, Shermer, D'Souza and Hutchinson go head-to-head over science and religion at Cal Tech.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Sean Carroll

Can religion stand up to the progress of science? Excerpts from a discussion between Richard Dawkins and Francis Collins.

Sunday, November 5, 2006
David Van Biema

Polls

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An overview of the changing relationship that religion and science have had in the U.S. both as adversaries and allies.

Friday, November 6, 2009
David Masci

A minority of Americans believes that humans evolved with no influence from God -- but the number has risen from 9% in 1982 to 16% today.

Friday, December 17, 2010
Frank Newport

Most Americans believe in God, 83%. While only 4% of the public say they do not believe in a deity or higher power, a plurality of scientists say they do not (41%).

Thursday, July 9, 2009
Pew Research Center Publications