Has Science Refuted Religion Debate

Last updated on 6th Sept. 2012

This is an epic debate available on youtube, “Has Science Refuted Religion?”, around 2 hours, and held in or around March 2012, it seems.

Caltech Cosmologist Sean Carroll + Skeptic magazine editor-in-chief Michael Shermer are pitted against Conservative author Dinesh D’Souza and MIT physicist Ian Hutchinson.

Dinesh D’Souza, a Mumbai-born Konkani catholic now settled in the USA and converted to evangelical Christianity, spoke brilliantly in this debate, and, in my opinion, clearly showed that science has *not* refuted religion. He is a New York Times bestselling author and President of The King’s College, a liberal arts college located in New York City, .

It seems that Dinesh D’Souza has some rather controversial views on some topics, but most of his views in this debate seemed to make sense to me.

Prof. Ian Hutchinson of the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering and Plasma Science and Fusion Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, also argued for the side that science has *not* refuted religion. His prepared statements (he read it) were brilliant. His book, “Monopolizing Knowledge” seems to be an interesting one. An interesting quote from the book’s website, “Recognizing science’s limitations, and properly identifying what we call nature, liberates both science and non-scientific knowledge.”

I like the differentiation between scientific and non-scientific knowledge.

BTW Prof. Hutchinson is a Christian.

I found Dr. Michael Shermer, Editor-in-chief of Skeptic magazine, to be quite a nice chap in this debate. BTW he has done his PhD in the history of science! That’s very interesting to me. He was a born again Christian in his young age but later turned to agnosticism/skepticism.

Dr. Sean Carroll is a theoretical cosmologist at Caltech. Very smart and gifted speaker.


One thought on “Has Science Refuted Religion Debate

  1. Here’s an interesting debate on bad of religion vis-a-vis science in a mainstream south Indian newspaper:

    *) An article in The Hindu dated September 22nd 2013, focusing on the bad of religion and arguing for a society in the future “in which religion is not an issue”, Let’s aim for a post-theistic society. IIRC the author has a PhD in Physics from MIT, USA and is currently a Professor of Physics in the prestigious (for India) science institution, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.

    *) A response in The Hindu dated October 13th 2013, to the above article, defending religion and arguing for having both science and religion, Blame it on politics, not religion.

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