God vs. Science



Christopher Hitchens vs. Al Sharpton: God Is Not Great?

Author Christopher Hitchens debates the Reverend Al Sharpton on the persistence of religious belief in a world of unprecedented scientific and technological advancement.

Dinesh D'Souza: Why the World Is Better with Religion

New York Times bestselling author Dinesh D'Souza argues that religious people aren't hypocrites simply because they aspire for higher morals and ideals. "Holding up to a standard and falling short of it isn't hypocrisy," he says.

Dawkins Compares Creationists to Holocaust Deniers

Evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins compares Holocaust deniers to the creationists who are waging battle against teaching the theory of evolution in public schools.

Sam Harris: The Moral Failings of Religion

Sam Harris, author of The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values, discusses the shortcomings of organized religion as a guide for human morality.

Why People Need Religion

Suzanne Rutland, Chair of the Department of Hebrew, Biblical & Jewish Studies at the University of Sydney, argues that human beings need to belong to a group that provides altruistic and loving relationships and a belief in some higher principle, something that secular society does not provide.

Daniel Dennett on Pastors Teaching Intelligent Design

Philosopher Daniel Dennett argues that it is immoral for pastors to teach intelligent design as "good science."

"That is inexcusable spreading of ignorance, and we should hold the pastors responsible," he argues.

The New Atheists

Author and theologist Karen Armstrong comments on "new atheists" like Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens, and discusses their role in the current religious debate.

The Problems with Blind Faith

Journalist Richard Ackland argues that many religious leaders encourage people to blindly follow their beliefs, which can lead to ignorant, and even dangerous decisions.

Environmentalism Is the New Religion

Ian Plimer, Professor of Mining Geology at the University of Adelaide, argues that most atheists are in no position to attack religion if they support environmentalism, which he claims is becoming an almost cult-like religion of its own.

Sam Harris on Faith or Reason

Sam Harris gives a lecture on the dangers of mixing iron age philosophies with modern day technology, common misconceptions theists have about atheists and why we need to build a morality system separate from faith.

Rabbi David Wolpe: Why the World Is Better with Religion

Rabbi David Wolpe argues why the world is better off with religion. “If you want to measure altruism and empathy, the best measure is not age, gender, income, education," says Wolpe. "It’s whether you're involved in a religious community."

Darwin's Stance on Christianity? A Damnable Doctrine

Professor of Philosophy Elliot Sober analyzes Charles Darwin's critique of religion and Christianity. Darwin's stance that an omnipotent God would not have been so evil, Sober argues, was shaped by the amount of cruel suffering the naturalist observed while in the field.

Walter Isaacson on Albert Einstein's God

Albert Einstein biographer Walter Isaacson discusses the famous scientist's views on God and religion.

Was the Universe Created By a God?

Astronomy professor Ian Morison believes there are two possible theories behind life, the universe and everything: a "God" created it with the precise conditions to support life or it is actually a "multiverse" of possible dimensions, and ours happens to be just right.

Sam Harris: Misconceptions About Atheism

Author Sam Harris addresses what he feels are several commonly-held misconceptions about atheism.

Hitchens Derides the Consequences of Religious Tradition

Author and atheist Christopher Hitchens notes an increasing audience for "resistance to clerical bullying." He cites examples of society's widespread frustration with outdated religious traditions and champions the perseverance of scientific thought.

Dawkins Answers Why He Refuses to Debate Creationists

Evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins explains he no longer debates creationists because his presence only validates their status. He compares the situation to a reproductive scientist agreeing to debate an advocate of the "stork theory."

Christopher Hitchens Likens Religion to North Korea

Noted atheist Christopher Hitchens compares monotheistic belief to living under a despotic dictatorship similar to what he reported on in North Korea. The one difference, he notes, "You can get out of North Korea -- you can die, and it's over. You can't do that with monotheism."

An Ecological Approach to Eradicating Fundamentalism

The best way to wipe out fundamentalism? Change the environment that created it, says evolutionary biologist David Sloan Wilson.

"If we want to eradicate fundamentalism, there's actually one way -- and only one way -- to do it: make the world more existentially secure."

About this series

New discoveries seem to incite new controversies when it comes to the long running feud between science and religion. What happens to "science," when its findings are clouded by politics and other non-scientific interests? And what of "religion" when its key assumptions are no longer believed?