Madeleine Bunting’s piece in the Guardian “Darwin shouldn’t be hijacked by New Atheists – he is an ethical inspiration” stirred a large number of comments and an ongoing debate about science and religion on the paper’s site (690 on the last count). It appears to me that on the eve of celebrating Darwin and his achievements, the question addressing the relation between religion and science is far from being answered (will it ever be?).
Reactions to Bunting’s article are also showing the raising dogmatism and intolerance within militant atheist ‘community’, and in particular here in the UK (in some contrast to what happens in the USA where the ‘intelligent design’ supporters are less tolerant).
I hope that at least some of the Churches will take the opportunity of the forthcoming Darwin anniversary, to celebrate his achievements but also to show that faith in a creator God is fully compatible with evolution. There is a nice project “The Clergy Letter Project” initiated by someone at Butler University in the USA which seeks to show the compatibility between science and religion, and the idea of marking this with an event ‘Evolution Weekend’ 13 -15 February 2009. I am not aware of any UK based initiative in a similar vain.
Darwin from http://darwin-online.org.uk/
Cartoon from http://www.anthroblogs.org/nomadicthoughts/