Religious Scientists

I just wanted to congratulate you for publishing the article by Billy Goodman on religious scientists (The Scientist, Jan. 9, 1995, page 1). It seems that most scientific publications, and perhaps many scientists, are embarrassed by the fact that there are theists in their midst. Rather than try to understand the origins and implications of such faith, the scientific media tend to ignore its existence. As a Christian, I have long been confused by the attempts of my atheistic and agnostic collea

Keith Crutcher
Mar 5, 1995

I just wanted to congratulate you for publishing the article by Billy Goodman on religious scientists (The Scientist, Jan. 9, 1995, page 1). It seems that most scientific publications, and perhaps many scientists, are embarrassed by the fact that there are theists in their midst. Rather than try to understand the origins and implications of such faith, the scientific media tend to ignore its existence.

As a Christian, I have long been confused by the attempts of my atheistic and agnostic colleagues to reconcile their scientific efforts, which are grounded in the premise that the universe is sensible, with the view that there is no ultimate reason for the universe to exist. It is even more disquieting to realize that many scientists ignore the implications of an atheistic stance, which must assume that concepts of morality and ethics are arbitrary expressions of sociobiological phenomena, easily abandoned when...

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