This letter will be published in the New York Science Times in an edited form. Dr. Rustum Roy is an Evan Pugh Professor of the Solid State Emeritus; Professor of Science, Technology and Society Emeritus; Professor of Geochemistry Emeritus at the Pennsylvania State University, Distinguished Professor in the Materials Program at Arizona State University, Visiting Professor of Medicine at the University of Arizona, a member of the National Academy of Sciences in the United States, Russia, Japan, Sweden, and India, author of more than 6 books; 700+ papers in science, 250+ papers in science and society-related papers; 20 patents and patents pending (http://www.rustumroy.com/)
Letter to the Editor, New York Times
Why the Science Times article, "A Free-for-All on Science and Religion," rehashes the same old rantings of two tiny, tiny isolated fringe groups within science and within theology, is itself the real story. The self-appointed Ayatollah of Scientism Richard Dawkins absolutely does not speak for more than 0.1% of the worldwide community of basic and applied science, and of engineering in which I have been immersed--and honored--for 50 years.Or, I ask you: do his opponents--pro-Templeton or otherwise--represent by any stretch of the wildest imagination the theology of Jesus, Moses, Buddha, Lao-tze?
But the most important point, from one who has been engaged at the point of the real "clash of the titans"--technology and religion--for decades is this: It is technology which has swept the world into its bosom, because it gave us the realities that our hearts desire. It is religion which governs what we do: followers of Jesus are to love the poor, feed the hungry, and forgive our enemies. (No possible conflict with evolution or string theory here!.) Get it? If the debaters, and the editors, do not even define their terms, confusing orthodoxy with orthopraxis, what can you expect?
State College, PA
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