Science vs. Religion

1937.jpgI don't know who said it but someone did: "When science finally makes it up the hill of knowledge, it will find that religion has been sitting there all along."

Of course it could be that even a blind squirrel finds an acorn every now and then. But who's the squirrel, and what's the acorn? 

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perhaps the turning point occurred at a more solemn moment, when Neil deGrasse Tyson, director of the Hayden Planetarium in New York City and an adviser to the Bush administration on space exploration, hushed the audience with heartbreaking photographs of newborns misshapen by birth defects — testimony, he suggested, that blind nature, not an intelligent overseer, is in control.

Somewhere along the way, a forum this month at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, Calif., which might have been one more polite dialogue between science and religion, began to resemble the founding convention for a political party built on a single plank: in a world dangerously charged with ideology, science needs to take on an evangelical role, vying with religion as teller of the greatest story ever told.