To advance the false conception that science is always in conflict with religious tradition, some influential scientists and science popularizers tell us stories about the past and the present.
The point of Dr. Keas’s book is historical but also very timely: Scientists who challenge materialism today face discrimination as heretics that squelches their research and teaching.
A biologist in our network worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Harvard. He recounted how about a quarter of the postdocs he encountered were at least sympathetic to design arguments.
Behind all the myths skewered in Dr. Keas’s book lies the idea of religion cast falsely as a retarding force on science.
The problem with science, as Del Ratzsch has pointed out, is that it is done by people.