Science and Religion Join Together?

By Keith Kloor | January 16, 2013 6:47 am

This tweet from the NYT green blog caught my eye:

What? Have the atheist police been alerted?  This is something they ought to know about. Here’s the opener to that news item:

Science and religion went hand-in-hand on Tuesday as leaders from both worlds gathered in front of the White House to protest what they cast as government inaction on climate change.

Hand in hand! OMG. That’s like an accommodationist love-in. Well, all kidding aside, what this appears to have been is not a gathering of secular scientists and religious folk, but an “inter-faith”-led march to the White House (called a “pray-in for the climate”). So the Times piece seems a tad misleading.

Interestingly, one of the religious leaders it quoted doesn’t sound keen on getting too close to science (my emphasis):

“This gathering today is to affirm that God has gifted us in many ways, one of which is a good mind to figure out how things are going,” said Bob Coleman, the chief programming minister of the Riverside Church in New York City. “It’s not so much an embrace of science, but an acknowledgement that science is a part of us, it’s a part of our own living every day.”

Kinda sounds like he’s trying to reconcile science with his own beliefs. Is that acceptable?’

[Source: The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life.]


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About Keith Kloor

Keith Kloor is a NYC-based journalist, and an adjunct professor of journalism at New York University. His work has appeared in Slate, Science, Discover, and the Washington Post magazine, among other outlets. From 2000 to 2008, he was a senior editor at Audubon Magazine. In 2008-2009, he was a Fellow at the University of Colorado’s Center for Environmental Journalism, in Boulder, where he studied how a changing environment (including climate change) influenced prehistoric societies in the U.S. Southwest. He covers a wide range of topics, from conservation biology and biotechnology to urban planning and archaeology.


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