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In Defense of Religious Moderation$
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William Egginton

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780231148788

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231148788.001.0001

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Faith in Science

Faith in Science

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In Defense of Religious Moderation

William Egginton

Columbia University Press

This chapter critiques scientists who try to reconcile religious belief with scientific knowledge. It suggests that scientists who look for evidence of religious belief in the natural world are undermining their own cause. By accepting that faith is on the same plane as scientific knowledge and is concerned with the same questions, they implicitly or explicitly concede that the beliefs that people of faith claim to hold should be weighed using the same standards of evidence as those of scientific knowledge. In addition, the moment they treat religious articles of faith as descriptions of the natural world, they begin to treat God as a hypothesis.

Keywords:   religious belief, scientific knowledge, faith, scientists, God, hypothesis

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