THE BIG ACCOMODATIONISM DEBATE
In January 2009 Edge presented a special event: "Does The Empirical Nature of Science Contradict the Revelatory Nature Of Faith" a Reality Club conversation on Jerry Coyne's New Republic piece "Seeing and Believing. The never-ending attempt to reconcile science and religion, and why it is doomed to fail'. In the piecem Coyne reviewed two books, Saving Darwin: How to be a Christian and Believe in Evoluion by Karl W. Giberson, and Only A Theory: Evolution and the Battle for America's Soul by Kenneth R. Miller.
Participating in the conversation were Lawrence Krauss, Howard Gardner, Lisa Randall, Patrick Bateson, Daniel Everett, Daniel C. Dennett , Lee Smolin, Emanuel Derman, Karl W. Giberson, Kenneth R. Miller, Sam Harris, Steven Pinker, and Michael Shermer.
The conversation has now shifted to what is now being called "accomodationism". Coyne writes:
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