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Science and Religion Links

The organizations listed below engage in discussion of religion and science, and/or religion and evolution. NCSE offers no endorsement of the views or perspectives included on these websites, but provides the links as a service to those interested in these subjects. Descriptions of the websites largely are derived from the sites themselves, though occasionally we have added information.

Clergy Letter Project

The Clergy Letter Project was initiated in 2004 by Michael Zimmerman, now Dean of Butler University in Indiana, as a response to the common misperception that science and religion are inevitably in conflict, especially around the question of evolution. In response to by a series of anti-evolution school board policies in Wisconsin, Dr. Zimmerman worked with Christian clergy throughout Wisconsin to prepare a statement in support of teaching evolution.

Engaging with the Issues

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There are a number of ways for congregations, clergy, and other interested groups and individuals to learn about and engage with issues involving religious belief and the science of evolution.

Bibliography for Theology and Evolution

There is a vast body of literature concerning the relationship between religion and evolution. Many books have been written to discuss the relationship in general between theology and the sciences, or to interpret religious belief in light of the contemporary scientific world view, or to explore particular questions of doctrine and practice in so far as these are affected by a view of the universe as ancient, dynamic, and evolving. Below is a list of some books NCSE members have found to be enriching and useful.

How Do I Read the Bible? Let Me Count the Ways

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by Peter M. J. Hess, Director, Religious Community Outreach

Opponents of evolution often claim that their opposition is based upon a lack of supporting scientific evidence. In reality, their objection frequently stems from a separate issue: how to read the Bible and interpret the view of nature it projects.

Origin Myths

by Robert Carneiro

In the beginning there was a period of Chaos, when air, water, and matter were combined in a formless mixture. On this floated a Cosmic Egg, from which arose Gaea (Earth) and Uranus (Sky). These deities created the earth and its creatures and the Sun, Moon, and Stars. Thus the Greeks accounted for creation.

Companion Guide to PBS "Evolution" Series

Evolution, a 7-part series produced by Boston PBS station WGBH in partnership with Seattle’s Clear Blue Skies Productions, is an excellent introduction to the science of evolution and to many of its implications. The central question explored in the final episode, entitled “What about God?”, is whether evolution and religion are compatible. But for many people of faith, that will be the main question at the back of their minds as they watch the entire series.

Scientific Perspectives

Certain scientific questions are of special interest to discussions about science and religion, such as: How old is the cosmos? How old is the earth? When did life originate on earth and how do we know? Scientific answers to such questions offer unique perspectives on our lives and the context in which they take place.

Science and Religion, Methodology and Humanism

by Eugenie C. Scott

[In May 1998 Dr Eugenie C Scott, NCSE'S Executive Director, was awarded the American Humanist Association's 1998 "Isaac Asimov Science Award". What follows is excerpted from her acceptance speech. Ed.]

In late 1995, the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT) issued a statement to its members and the public concerning the importance of evolution to biology teaching. Part of the statement defined evolution: