Friday, February 15, 2008


In a new document entitled Theology, science and the problem of ID, I briefly set out the religious, philosophical and political context of both the 2007 British government guidelines on science teaching and the recent report and, in particular, the very encouraging statement of the International Society for Science and Religion (ISSR), explaining why 'intelligent design' (ID), popular among some religious groups, is neither sound science nor good theology. Indeed, it is a major obstacle to a proper understanding of the fruitful relation between the two. The paper includes notes, an overview of 2005-7 Ekklesia comments on creationism and ID (from my press, broadcast and journal briefings), and a select bibliography. This also chimes in with Evolution Weekend and Darwin Day, in which the US clergy project and over 800 churches, 550 scientists, hundreds of educators and thousands of believers were involved. The summary of my welcome for the ISSR statement is here.

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