Does Science Make Belief in God Obsolete?

The John Templeton Foundation, as part of their Supporting Science – Investing in the Big Questions explorations, hosted this question as the third in their series of conversations among leading scientists and scholars. The archive for other hosted questions is here, and currently includes these:

Does the universe have a purpose?

Will money solve Africa’s development problems?

Does the free market corrode moral character?

Here is a sampling of the initial responses to the question, Does Science Make Belief in God Obsolete?:

Yes, if by… — Steven Pinker

No, and yes. — Chistoph Cardinal Schonoborn

Absolutely not! — William D. Phillips

Not necessarily. — Pervez Amirali Hoodbhoy

Of course not. — Mary Midgley

No. — Robert Sapolsky

No, but it should. — Christopher Hitchens

No. — Keith Ward

Yes. — Victor J. Stenger

No, not at all. — Jerome Groopman

It depends. — Michael Shermer

Of course not. — Kenneth R. Miller

No, but only if… — Stuart Kauffman

You can download pdfs, view debates, and request a copy of the booklet, Does Science Make Belief in God Obsolete?.

I have intended to post this link for some time; the current timing is prompted by the recent AP, March 9, 2009 story, More Americans Say They Have No Religion

Also, the post on this blog, Albert Einstein and God: A Scientist and His Worldview, continues to receive numerous hits and I wanted to make this resource available to interested parties.

Our worldviews are the glasses through which we perceive both who we are, and possible solutions to our challenges, and so a literacy in worldview thinking is critical to our wild resiliency.

The Institute of Noetic Sciences is forging into this territory and you can read of their efforts here, as well as access videos on our transforming worldviews: Developing Worldview Literacy

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