Questionable Motives

February 27, 2010

The Templeton Foundation: How to bring science and religion togther?

Filed under: belief,Science,Templeton — tildeb @ 7:51 pm

By bribing one writer at a time, silly, like the ‘science’ writer Chris Mooney!

Excerpts from WEIT (and don’t forget to check out the comments):

So you’re an organization whose mission is to blur the lines between faith and science, and you have huge wads of cash to do this.  What’s the best strategy?

The Temple Foundation is wily, but they’re not exactly honest.  Look at this:

After decades during which leading voices from science and religion viewed each other with suspicion and little sense of how the two areas might relate, recent years have brought an active pursuit of understanding how science may deepen theological awareness, for example, or how religious traditions might illuminate the scientific realm.  Fellowship organizers note that rigorous journalistic examination of the region where science and theology overlap – as well as understanding the reasoning of many who assert the two disciplines are without common ground – can effectively promote a deeper understanding of the emerging dialogue.

Now if you’re interested in seeing how science and religion “illuminate” one another, what’s the first thing you think of?  How about this:  is there any empirical truth in the claims of faith? After all, if you’re trying to “reconcile” two areas of thought, and look at their interactions, surely you’d be interested if there’s any empirical truth in them.  After all, why “reconcile” two areas if one of them might be only baseless superstition?  Is the evidence for God as strong as it is for evolution? Does the “fine-tuning” of physical constants prove Jesus?  Was the evolution of humans inevitable, thereby showing that we were part of God’s plan?

These journalism fellowships are nothing more than a bribe—a bribe to get journalists to favor a certain point of view.  The Foundation’s success at recruiting reputable candidates proves one thing: it doesn’t cost much to buy a journalist’s integrity.  Fifteen thousand bucks, a “book allowance,” and a fancy title will do it.


  1. Why am I not surprised?

    Comment by Charles Evo — February 28, 2010 @ 2:42 am | Reply

  2. It’s a strategy to get pump up their CV – nothing more nothing less, it is not about finding evidence for god, it is about trying to conjure up a controversy.

    Comment by misunderstoodranter — February 28, 2010 @ 10:36 am | Reply

  3. I don’t understand why anyone needs more evidence for God – look around and read about Jesus – a real person – God in the flesh!

    Comment by 4amzgkids — February 28, 2010 @ 8:50 pm | Reply

    • Some people are just more obtuse than others, I guess.

      Comment by tildeb — March 1, 2010 @ 3:24 pm | Reply

  4. look around and read about robin hood… Sherlock Holmes, Santa clause – they were all amazing…

    Comment by misunderstoodranter — March 1, 2010 @ 8:21 pm | Reply

  5. Wow, so now you deny Jesus eventhough he is historically proven! Interesting. I must meet you some day. You know it all – you should be in Guiness.

    Comment by 4amzgkids — March 1, 2010 @ 11:43 pm | Reply

    • I was in Guinness once; too warm, too dark, and it turns out that I’m a lousy table dancer.

      Comment by tildeb — March 2, 2010 @ 12:45 am | Reply

    • Are you saying my evidence for Santa is not true? There are books with him in with eye witnesses! It is a historical fact Santa is true.

      Comment by misunderstoodranter — March 2, 2010 @ 6:21 am | Reply

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