Apr 2, 2012

Enforcing the 'conflict' between science and religion

This is just depressing:

Christianity Today reports "Evangelical Evolutionists meet in New York." The distressing detail is that the "60 participants came [to the Biologos conference of evangelicals who accept evolution] by special invitation, with the proviso that their names would not be publicized without permission."

That open discussion can only happen with guarantees of anonymity says much about how the "conflict between science and religion" has hardened into a social reality and is vigorously maintained. Whether or not there's really a conflict between science as such and religion per se, that conflict sure is socially enforced.

Apparently, opposition to evolution has become a matter of orthodoxy, for some. And, for others, theistic interpretations of science and exercises in natural theology really are matters for proclamations of "anathema." There's apparently not a lot of freedom to disagree with the conflict between religion and science. Or even talk about disagreeing.

Except if you know no one will know you did it.

I don't begrudge those involved their privacy. I assume they really do have to be cautious about publicity, and there would be real-life consequences to having their names attached to this Biologos event. 

It's just sad that that's true.

There were some, at least, though, who felt they could attach their names to the conference. Among clergy and religious leaders: Tim Keller, N.T. WrightOs Guinness, and others. Among the scientists (which, if I read this correctly, made up about a third of attendees): Ian Hutchinson and Jennifer Wiseman.