The only way "religious scientist" is not an oxymoron is if the person is as full of curiosity, doubt, questions, fidelity to rigor and personal fallibilism regarding religion as she is regarding science. The two Jesuits interviewed for this program came close, but I was offended at their jocular dismissal of the Catholic Church's persecution (including torture and execution) of scientists and curtailing of scientific investigation (which continues today) as "history always makes jokes" and "God's sense of humour." No, these were shameful decisions by specific Catholic rulers. Ms. Tippet's too-affable tone with them, especially on this topic (why does she so often sound as though she is on the verge of laughing?) made it worse. Being affable shouldn't preclude asking tough, critical questions when topics like this arise in the interview.
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