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Friday, May 2, 2008

Making the List

Time magazine recognizes the growing importance of science and religion by jointly naming Dr. Eric Chivian and the Rev. Richard Cizik to this year's list of the world's 100 most influential people. Chivian, a Nobel Peace Prize-winning professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and Cizik, a leading figure in the National Association of Evangelicals, have brought their respective scientific and religious interests together in the Scientists and Evangelicals Initiative, which aims to unite the two groups with the common goal of taking better care of the environment.
Toping the list is the Dalai Lama, who Deepak Chopra says once told him "to ignore all organized faiths and keep to the road of higher consciousness. 'Without relying on religion, we look to common sense, common experience and the findings of science for understanding,' he said."
The Jewish Chronicle also recognizes science and religion on its "Power 100" list. Coming in at number 57 is Robert Winston, an expert in fertility studies, who told the newspaper last year that "medical research which enabled scientists to create embryos that are part-human and part-animal would not contravene Orthodox values." A working scientist and practicing Jew, Winston also tackles science-and-religion issues in his book The Story of God. —Dan Messier