Are Science and Religion at War?

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Are Science and Religion at War?

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Why has science–religion dialogue gotten so heated?

For some, science and religion occupy separate, irreconcilable spheres. For others, they share a common goal: to explore big questions and synthesize knowledge.

Now, in this series of 17 one-on-one interviews, you have the privilege of hearing from leading voices in the debate. Most of the featured experts are professional scientists. While some consider religion irrelevant to science, many more find fulfillment in harmonizing their work with their beliefs.

Francis Collins is one such example. Once an atheist, Collins—the Director of the National Institutes of Health—now calls himself a believer. Best known for spearheading the Human Genome Project, Collins is adamant that reason is not the pure province of the scientific mind.

Ian Barbour is another example. A scholar on the relationship between science and religion, Barbour is credited with inaugurating the contemporary debate between the two fields through his Issues in Science and Religion (1966).

Meanwhile, Marvin Minsky—co-founder of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s artificial intelligence laboratory—argues that religion and science should give each other a wide berth. According to science, all knowledge is provisional—subject to testing, revision, and refutation. In Minsky’s view, theology is just the opposite.

As you listen to arguments from all sides, you’ll rise above the hostility of the debate and see that, in the words of Dr. Robert Lawrence Kuhn, “the nexus of science and theology is the place where we explore human reality.” 

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Topic Titles
Topic Titles
  1. Can Science Deal with God?
    • Lawrence M. Krauss
    • Francis S. Collins
    • Robert John Russell
    • Ian Barbour
    • Freeman Dyson
    • Michio Kaku

    2. Do Science and Religion Conflict?

    • Daniel Dennett
    • Owen Gingerich
    • Marvin Minsky
    • Francisco J. Ayala
    • J. Wentzel van Huyssteen
    • Paul Davies

    3. Can Science Talk God?

    • David J. Gross
    • William A. Dembski
    • Victor Stenger
    • Gregory J. Chaitin
    • George F. Smoot III
About Your Presenter

Robert Lawrence Kuhn is the creator, writer, executive producer, and host of Closer To Truth—the public television series that invites leading scientists, philosophers, and creative thinkers to discuss fundamental questions of consciousness, the cosmos, and meaning.

After completing his undergraduate degree in human biology at Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Kuhn went on to earn a doctorate in Anatomy/Brain Research from the University of California, Los Angeles, and then later, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Dr. Kuhn has published more than 30 books, including The Mystery of Existence: Why Is There Anything At All? (with John Leslie); Closer To Truth: Challenging Current Belief; Closer To Truth: Science, Meaning and the Future; How China’s Leaders Think (featuring President Xi Jinping); and The Man Who Changed China: The Life and Legacy of Jiang Zemin (China’s best-selling book in 2005).


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