University of Kentucky Biology professor James Krupa is frustrated with the resistance of his non-biology students to accept the theory of evolution as established fact, despite what he calls an "avalanche of evidence" supporting its validity.
Krupa says that evolution is the foundation of our science, and just as we accept germ theory, cell theory, quantum theory, and even game theory, we must understand the significance of evolution even if it challenges long-held religious beliefs.
For centuries, we've looked to science to solve some of the world's most vexing problems. Yet as science attempts to answer increasingly complicated questions about the world, religion and science can intersect in complicated ways.
While we may not be "hard-wired" for it, Robert McCauley thinks we have a natural disposition to believe in religion more than science.
This hour we take a look at evolution, science, and belief.
- James Krupa - professor of Biology at University of Kentucky. His essay, "Defending Darwin" appears in the March/April issue of Orion Magazine
- Connie Bertka - consultant with Science and Society Resources, co-chair of the Smithsonian Institution's Human Origins Program's Broader Social Impacts Committee and editor of Exploring the Origin, Extent, and Future of Life: Philosophical, Ethical, and Theological Perspectives
- Robert McCauley - professor of philosophy and Director of the Center for Mind, Brain, and Culture at Emory University and author of “Why Religion is Natural and Science is Not”