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In Conversation: We Asked A Philosopher The Big Questions About "Science And Religion"

The Secret Life of Scientists and EngineersThe Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers

How do you view the world? For most people, the answer to this question likely involves science, religion or both. Yet discussing the relationship between these dominant worldviews remains a touchy subject. Our profile of faith/science navigator Jim Gates drew some of the loudest responses we’ve ever received to an interview (Gates told us that he believes “both faith and science are both essential to the survival of our species”). Likewise, our profile of Christian climate evangelist Katharine Hayhoe were mixed and passionate, featuring plenty of capital letters and explanation points. When our readers got feisty, we knew we were onto an interesting topic.

A year later, the unofficial spokesperson for science (and Secret Life subject) Bill Nye debated Christian creationist Ken Ham. Suddenly, science and religion were having a moment. With the mainstream media stoking the “us verses them” fire, we weren’t convinced that the discussion was unfolding in an entirely reasonable way.

Gregg Caruso.

Original funding for "The Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers" was provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.