If you define God on the basis of design, what happens if increasing evidence is found in support of an evolutionary theory?
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The atheist scientists interviewed cited personal and social reasons for introducing and integrating religious traditions and institutions into their children's lives.
Even in an election cycle that is dominated by the economy, feelings about cultural issues continue to be the most raw, especially where the power of modern medical science seems to conflict with tradition values. Welcome to the era of biopolitics.
Jerry Coyne and other "new atheists" share many values with religious leaders. If he would stop picking fights with those most likely to be his allies, he would dramatically improve science literacy.
Must the two cultures of religion and science run on separate tracks? Must they be at war with each other? Or could conflict shift to comprehension?
We do not believe in God because we need to explain this or that feature of the world. That is what science is for. We believe in God because we see something deeper in the world.
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