Chris Mooney and Sheril Kirshenbaum ask in today’s LA Times,
Who in the United States will read Dawkins’ new book (or ones like it) and have any sort of epiphany, or change his or her mind?
Surely not those who need it most: America’s anti-evolutionists. These religious adherents often view science itself as an assault on their faith and doggedly refuse to accept evolution because they fear it so utterly denies God that it will lead them, and their children, straight into a world of moral depravity and meaninglessness.
[Link: Must science declare a holy war on religion? – Los Angeles Times
Some religious adherents may not have thought it through, but for those who understand the issues, “science itself” is most certainly no “assault on their faith.” It is science plus metaphysical tagalongs like philosophical materialism that oppose Christian belief. No, correct that: it is not science at all, but just the metaphysical tagalongs that do that. Science and philosophical materialism belong together like, oh, like coffee and penguins. I suppose I could enjoy some dark roast while watching Happy Feet. But the two are hardly tied together by some essential knot.
Science in its proper philosophical perspective reveals more of God’s wisdom and his ways. Knowing God allows us to use science ethically. Historically, science arose out of a culture imbued with a Christian worldview. Christianity and philosophical materialism could never get along together, since they are contradictory, but Christianity and science have nothing to fear from each other.