Do We Need God To Do Science?
|February 10, 2010||Posted by Steve Fuller under Evolution, Philosophy, Intelligent Design, Religion, Science, Creationism, Culture, Media, theistic evolution, Design inference, Podcasts|
The most recent one bears the title of this post and was aired last weekend (6th Feb), in which I debated the question with the historian Thomas Dixon, who basically holds that while we may have needed God to do science, we don’t need the deity anymore. My own view is that if we mean by ‘science’ something more than simply the pursuit of instrumental knowledge, then that quest still doesn’t make much sense without the relevant (Abrahamic) theological backdrop. I continue this line of argument in a new book, due out this summer.
Here is the link to Dixon and me in action with Justin Brierley, the genial host. (Unlike some of the previous debates, which took place over the phone, Justin, Tom and I were all huddled in one room over a couple of mikes in London. Luckily we are all on friendly terms!)