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Journal of Biosciences

, Volume 38, Issue 2, pp 181–187 | Cite as

There is no common ground between science and religion

  • Antonio G Valdecasas
  • Luis Boto
  • Ana Maria Correas
Commentary

Introduction

It is fairly common to introduce science and religion as relatively different modes of understanding the world in which we live that may interconnect in several ways, and that this interaction is useful and may promote the advancement and development of both fields. We strongly object to this perspective.

Although usually restricted to ‘humanities’ journals, we found surprising the publication of an article in the scientific journal Evolution (Reiss 2009) on the relationship between evolutionary biology and religion that we think lacks sufficient scholarship to be relevant to the subject and is clearly negative for the teaching of the scientific approach to objective knowledge.

In that paper, Reiss argues that science and religion may offer various ways of interpreting our world. Reiss deals with the problem of teaching evolution in the presence of creationist believers in classroom. As we see it, this question is inappropriate. From our point of view, Reiss could, too,...

Keywords

Conflict evolution religion scientific knowledge 

Notes

Acknowledgements

Sanda Iepure, Nuria Polo, Antonio Taibo, Prof V Nanjundiah and an anonymous referee gave very useful suggestions on a previous version of this manuscript. A professional company reviewed the English.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Antonio G Valdecasas
    • 1
  • Luis Boto
    • 1
  • Ana Maria Correas
    • 2
  1. 1.Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales, CSICMadridSpain
  2. 2.MadridSpain

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