Genes, Determinism and More
Benjamin Franklin, regarded by some as the greatest scientist of his day, was once asked his views of religion (Weinberger 2007, 77–91). In a letter written shortly before his death, Franklin unabashedly states: “I believe in one God, Creator of the Universe. That He governs it by His providence. That the soul of man is immortal, and will be treated with justice in another life respecting its conduct in this one” (Van Doren 1938, 777–778; Hall, 1975).
Going from the sublime to the ridiculous, we compare the views of Dan Brown, purveyor of demons, angels, infernos, lost symbols and bible codes, all fictitious, of course, who has a less nuanced, or shall we say more dichotomous view: “I moved into the realm of science. I moved away from religion. At some point, I realized I really can’t embrace them both” (Chin 2017, 38–39). His latest page-turner, “Origin, goes even further, playing with the idea that science could ultimately triumph over religion by essentially proving the...
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