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1/23/09

Does science make belief in God obsolete?

Does Science Make Belief in God Obsolete?

Steven Pinker of Harvard. . .

Yes, if by...

science "we mean the entire enterprise of secular reason and knowledge (including history and philosophy), not just people with test tubes and white lab coats.

Traditionally, a belief in God was attractive because it promised to explain the deepest puzzles about origins. Where did the world come from? What is the basis of life? How can the mind arise from the body? Why should anyone be moral? . . .

No and yes . . .

Christoph Cardinal Schönborn, O.P., is a Dominican friar, the Archbishop of Vienna, Austria, a Member of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and the Congregation for Education of the Roman Catholic Church, and was lead editor of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

Absolutely not . . .
William D. Phillips, a Nobel Laureate in physics, is a fellow of the Joint Quantum Institute of the University of Maryland and the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

No, but it should . . .
Christopher Hitchens is the author of God Is Not Great and the editor of The Portable Atheist. These and more views can be found by clicking here.

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