A short taste of the long-standing argument between religionists and evolutionists, where it has been, and where it is going. As Edis puts it, "Today, more than a century after Darwin convinced biologists that life had evolved, we still see a raging controversy over creation and evolution. Together with this, we have a large range of ideas about what evolution means for religion."
Anthony Campbell's short and accessible Totality Beliefs and the Religious Imagination illustrates a temperament rather than providing exhaustive arguments against religious beliefs. Campbell thinks that the supernatural is not real, but there is no rancor in his view of religion. He does not treat supernatural convictions as a straightforward mistake curable by a steady application of common sense. Nor does he think that religion is invariably an evil. And even though he has come to think that religions involve too many false beliefs, he thinks that there are too many important questions entangled with our religious traditions to just cast them aside.
Taner Edis was born and raised in Turkey. He is a computational physicist, a professor of physics at Truman State University, and the author of several books, including: The Ghost in the Universe: God in Light of Modern Science; Science and Nonbelief; Why Intelligent Design Fails: A Scientific Critique of the New Creationism; and Islam Evolving: Radicalism, Reformation, and the Uneasy Relationship with the Secular West.
We rail against supernatural faiths, not just for their palpable falsity, but for their sanctified cruelties, their crippled imaginations, and their all-too-common suspicion of human efforts to better our lives.