In August, the New York Times ran a series on their Room for Debate section called “Should Creationism be Controversial?” There were seven short pieces responding to an article by technology journalist Virginia Heffernan, “Why I’m a Creationist.” Topics ranged from biblical literalism, to faith in science, to the mode of discourse in a pluralistic society. Among the responders were Karl Giberson, co-author of The Language of Science and Faith.
Creationism is making news in other countries too. A new article in the Journal of the American Academy of Religion discusses the history and present status of creationism in Europe.
Astrobiology is the field of inquiry about the origin of life on our planet and the possibility of life elsewhere in the universe. Making a comeback is the theory that life began on Mars and emigrated from there to Earth via meteorites dislodged by collisions with asteroids. The thought is that the Martian atmosphere would have been more conducive to the assembly of RNA, DNA, and proteins—the building blocks of life—than the early Earth atmosphere was.
Thomas Nagel is an atheist philosopher who is nevertheless critical of the dominant Neo-Darwinian paradigm of evolution. His 2012 book, Mind and Cosmos: Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature is Almost Certainly False, received lots of criticism by the philosophical and scientific communities. Here he summarizes his work and responds to critics. Victor Stenger is a particle physicist and often counted among the new atheists. He has written several books dealing with science and religion, the latest being God and the Atom. He is interviewed here on the Huffington Post.
“What’s God got to do with evolution?” is an article about Sarah Coakley, Norris-Hulse professor of divinity at the University of Cambridge and co-editor (with Martin Nowak) of Evolution, Games, and God: The Principle of Cooperation.
The Science Hour from the BBC includes an 8 minute segment about the ethics of sequencing genomes.
A video lecture from philosopher Mark Rowlands, best known for his books on his dogs, reflects on the possibility that animals can act morally.
A Muslim scientist makes the case that scientists should care about religion.