|Science vs. Faith
|Retelling the Story of Science
by Stephen M. Barr
"What many take to be a conflict between religion and science is really something else. It is a conflict between religion and materialism. Materialism regards itself as scientific, and indeed is often called 'scientific
materialism', even by its opponents, but it has no legitimate claim to be part of science. It is, rather, a school of philosophy, one defined by the belief that nothing exists except matter, or, as Democritus put it, “atoms and the
From the March 2003 issue of First Things:
|Religion and Science Revisited
a book review by Robin Collins
"Barr seeks above all to counter one of the main arguments materialists have offered for their position—namely, that science confirms a materialist worldview rather than a religious one."
From the November 2003 issue of First Things:
|Home Alone in the Universe
by Fred Heeren
"If the public knows little about the best reasons to believe in intelligent extraterrestrials, it knows even less about the new reasons to doubt".
From the March 2002 issue of First Things:
|Science and the Story that We Need
by Neil Postman
"What we are facing, then, is a series of interconnected delusions, beginning with the belief that technological innovation is the same thing as human progress-which is lifted to the delusion that our sufferings and
failures are caused by inadequate information-which is linked, in turn, to the most serious delusion of all: that it is possible to live without a loom to weave our lives into fabric, that is to say, without a transcendent narrative."
From the January 1997 issue of First Things:
|Physics and the Mind of God
by Paul Davies
"In the ensuing three hundred years, the theological dimension of science has faded. People take it for granted that the physical world is both ordered and intelligible. The underlying order in nature-the laws of
physics-are simply accepted as given, as brute facts. Nobody asks where they come from; at least they do not do so in polite company. However, even the most atheistic scientist accepts as an act of faith that the universe is not absurd, that
there is a rational basis to physical existence manifested as a lawlike order in nature that is at least in part comprehensible to us. So science can proceed only if the scientist adopts an essentially theological worldview."
From the August/September 1995 issue of First Things: