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Reason for Faith

The two ideals need not be rivals.

Oct 19, 2009, Vol. 15, No. 05 • By RYAN T. ANDERSON
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Given all of the polemics published today, this is a breath of fresh air. Its organizers at the Templeton Foundation should consider producing a companion volume that focuses on more current debates, particularly on the philosophy of science, the philosophy of religion, and their intersection. It could bring together scientists, philosophers, and theologians to examine their respective disciplines' limits and potential areas of overlap.

It could remind us that natural science can reveal how the physical world works but not how we should act in it or what might exist above and beyond it; that, while physics is important, it is silent about metaphysics; and that those who look to the Bible for details on biology or cosmology had better look elsewhere.

Ryan T. Anderson is editor of Public Discourse: Ethics, Law, and the Common Good.