I am a Full Professor of a scientific discipline and teach scientific methodology at the collegiate level. I have learned to recognize both the strengths and the weaknesses of science, and the mistakes that people make in the name of science. These mistakes are rooted in the same character flaws that we can so easily identify in people with fundamentalist religious views: inflexibility, a near-sighted adherence to certain fundamental principles, intolerance with those with whom we don’t agree. As Krista Tippett once described the theologian Martin Marty, “(he) doesn’t divide the world into conservative and liberal. He divides it into “mean and non-mean.” I believe that Martin Marty would say the same for a world that contained theists and non-theists (atheists). What theists and non-theists need is an atmosphere that promotes mutual respect, an appreciation of each other’s point of view, and a milieu where good religion can stimulate good science, and the practice of good science can foster a culture where good religion thrives.
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