Roundtable Synopsis

A skeptic duels with a Christian theologian and a scientist who is a devout Muslim on whether or not belief in an all-powerful, eternal deity is truly compatible with scientific principles and discoveries.  For the theologian and the Islamic scientist, the antipathy between science and religion has been overplayed.  They make the case that science and religion can coexist peacefully, even productively.  The skeptic counters that conflict is inevitable in the face of our growing knowledge base and the total absence of any kind of rational proof of a deity’s existence.  They all agree that recent discoveries in cosmology and neuroscience have cast doubt on beliefs central to most of the world’s major religions, such as a deity created the universe and that humans possess an immortal soul. With Muzaffar Iqbal, Nancey Murphy, Michael Shermer.


Can We Believe in Both Science and Religion?