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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Francisco Ayala Talks S&R

Francisco Ayala, an evolutionary biologist and geneticist at the University of California, Irvine, and a former Dominican priest, is profiled in The New York Times today, and he speaks out about the relationship between science and religion. Ayala, who's also the author of Darwin's Gift to Science and Religion, sees evolution as compatible with belief in God and says that evolution "is more consistent with belief in a personal god than intelligent design. If God has designed organisms, he has a lot to account for," he says, and would be considered an "abortionist," a "sadist," and a "lousy engineer." He also dismisses the idea that its only fair to teach religious theories like creationism and ID alongside evolution. “We don’t teach alchemy along with chemistry,” he says. “We don’t teach witchcraft along with medicine. We don’t teach astrology with astronomy." —Heather Wax