Here is a link to an opinion piece by Prof Robin Holliday, who has discovered all sorts of neat molecular biology stuff, entitled ‘The Fundamental Incompatibility Between Science and Religion’.
I am not entirely sure why he wrote it.
If science and religion were fundamentally incompatible, would it really do science any good to convince people of the fact?
There are vastly more people in the world committed to a religious world view than a scientific world view. Why split humanity into two camps, with yourself in the small embattled one, if you don’t have to?
I suppose it just reflects the spirit of the age: here are these people with feet in both camp ‘us’ and camp ‘them’ (f’rinstance, religious scientists, or moderate Muslims). Do we think of them as:
(i) Useful bridges to the other side, expressing a point of view that we need to understand if we are going to reach any long term solution, or
(ii) Dangerous and deluded fifth columnists who must be forced to conform to the ideals of camp ‘us’?
So that is what *really* bugs me about Prof Holliday’s article, when I think about it.