Religion

The article by Professor Provine dealing with science and religion is perhaps the saddest communication I have ever read in a publication directed at scientists. It is filled with dogmatic statements that in another sense would make a religious fundamentalist blush. The impugning of the faith of millions requires enormous self-confidence and self-righteousness. Of course, in those many millions of the faithful are the overwhelming majority of our greatest scientists. I have no idea what prompted

Frank Loprest
Nov 13, 1988

The article by Professor Provine dealing with science and religion is perhaps the saddest communication I have ever read in a publication directed at scientists. It is filled with dogmatic statements that in another sense would make a religious fundamentalist blush. The impugning of the faith of millions requires enormous self-confidence and self-righteousness. Of course, in those many millions of the faithful are the overwhelming majority of our greatest scientists. I have no idea what prompted Provine to write such a communication. It certainly does not contribute much to the cause of general human accord.

FRANK J. LOPREST
Colgate-Palmolive
Piscataway, NJ. 08854

Professor Provine’s article clearly touched a nerve among readers of The Scientist. We received an unprecendented flood of letters, the vast majority of which argued that religion is in fact, compatible with religion. We have published some of the mail here and in a previous issue (October 17,1988)....

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