Do science and religion rule each other out?
Science and religion are not mutually exclusive.
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Miller: No, I certainly don’t think they do. I think the whole tradition of Western science is that science and religion are not mutually exclusive. There are many people in the scientific community, in the United States and around the world, who hold strong religious points of view and do not see their points of view conflicting with working in science or even with the philosophy of science.
Can science prove or disprove the existence of a higher being?
Religious questions stand outside the scope of science.
Miller: No, it can’t. The existence of a supreme being simply is not a scientific question. A supreme being stands outside of nature. Science is a naturalistic process and can only answer questions about what is inside nature. Beyond that it’s a matter of personal belief.
Science and Religion
Your one-stop source for information on evolution. Learn the facts in Evolution 101, browse the resource library, read about evolution in the news, or discover a wealth of materials to help educate others about evolution and related concepts—it’s all right here!
Brown University Evolution Resources
Links to Kenneth Miller’s articles, debates, and even a couple of online videos.
Dialogue on Science, Ethics and Religion (DOSER)
The Doser site is provided by the The American Association for the Advancement of Science. It provides articles, meetings notices, and other information.
National Center for Science Education (NCSE)
NCSE, a nonprofit organization, is “a nationally recognized clearinghouse for information and advice to keep evolution in the science classroom and ‘scientific creationism’ out.” The second link takes you to a historical overview, by Eugenie Scott, explaining the range of creationist views (12/00).
“Antievolution: The Critic’s Resource”
This “critical examination of the antievolution movement…aims to provide links to both the anti-evolutionists making their own arguments and also to the critics who provide mainstream science answers to those arguments.”
Explore the connections between science and ethics, gender, art, culture, race, literature, religion, and politics.
Separation of church and state resources
The first link takes you to a website authored by two legal experts on the issue. The second link takes you to a site by Tom Peters, a University of Louisville professor. The third link is the religioustolerance.org site’s home page.
ActionBioscience.org article about evolution
“Evolution: Fact and Theory” by Richard E. Lenski succinctly explains the theory of evolution and examines evidence for its support.
Essay: “Life’s Grand Design”
Kenneth Miller writes for PBS Nova about intelligent design and evolution.
Read a book
- » Finding Darwin’s God: A Scientist’s Search for Common Ground between God and Evolution is an analysis of the religious implications of evolution by Kenneth R. Miller, a devout Christian and evolutionist. HarperCollins, 2000. To read an excerpt from Millers’ book, go to
- » Darwin and Intelligent Design by Francisco J. Ayala (a scientist as well as a person of faith) is a short, concise paperback examines science, faith, and theology (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2006).
The Panda’s Thumb is the “virtual pub” where “patrons gather to discuss evolutionary theory, critique the claims of the antievolution movement, defend the integrity of science and science education in America and around the world, and share good conversation.”
The Clergy Letter Project
The Clergy Letter Project is an organization that has created and maintains a statement signed by American Christian clergy of different denominations rejecting creationism, with specific reference to points raised by intelligent design proponents. This effort was organized in 2004 by biologist Michael Zimmerman, now Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Americans United for the Separation of Church and State
News, views, and information from this organization, which is a religious liberty watchdog group based in Washington, D.C. Register for e-mail updates or get involved in one of their campaigns.
Christian Ecology Movements
Christian organizations concerned with the environment:
Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion (DoSER)
“Through conferences, lectures, research seminars, and electronic and print publications, DoSER assists religious communities to explore the religious
implications of evolution and seeks to engage the religious communities in support of research and education about evolution.”
For Educators: PBS Evolution
The PBS evolution series, which first aired in September 2001, has a superb website of teaching resources for evolution.