Science and Religion
May 16, 2000, Dov to HBG, Science, and religion
Dear HBG members and friends,
This is an attempt to stir up a lively participation, hoping that it might be helpful for the continuation of this good site.
“God and Evolution” versus “Science and Religion”.
I confess that I am one of those who shudder at any attempt to engage a thought about common ground between Science and Religion. Therefore I got the shakes when I saw the title of K R Miller’s book “Finding Darwin’s God: A Scientist’s Search for Common Ground between God and Evolution”. But I read the title again and I said to myself “Wait a minute. The title does not indicate an attempt to link Religion with Science, but to link God with Evolution. Don’t rush to condemn it. Examine it further”.
As I read further in the book review I am told that the author, a professor of biology at Brown University, deals with “the Judeo-Christian creation story…and with people of Faith”, and I realize that there is another case of mistaken interchange of Religion or Faith with God. I have always wondered with disbelief at the sight of a religious scientist. Not at the sight of a scientist who accepts the concept of some sort of a god but at the one who has a faith that involves some sort of a relationship between an individual or a group and a specific “god”. My wonder is a result of reflection on the relationship between religion and us humans.The essence of the biological drive and goal of the individual polynucleotides/genes and of their symbiotic associations/genomes in every form of life is neatly and solely to survive, to proliferate. These drive and goal are the base essence of all Earth’s life forms, instilled in each and every life form on our planet, in mono- or poly-cell colonies of the polynucleotides/genes. All individual and group behavioral aspects of each and all Earth’s life forms derive from this biological drive and goal of the conglomerations of the polynucleotides that are their base units of life, and are shaped and directed by it or somehow serve it. These aspects include all human civilizations and all the various types of their “cultures” including religion. All these subjective virtual human artifacts have evolved, developed and are of meaning and relevance to humans only, serving their drive and goal to survive and proliferate in order that their base polynucleotides/genes survive and proliferate.
This is part of my credo re the nature of life.