Wednesday, January 02, 2008

God, Science, and the Presidential Campaign

Dr. John G. West, Associate Professor of Political Science and the Chairperson of the Department of Political Science and Geography at Seattle Pacific University, recently wrote an article discussing science and faith and the current presidential campaign. The article is well written and worth reading.

West points out that the exclusion of religious people from science debates and discussions has led to more focus on faith and less focus on science in the presidential election. This is partially true. This exclusion has certainly helped fuel the focus on faith, but the intense focus on faith in any campaign can be better attributed to religion being a greater uniting factor of people than science is. People find more common ground in religious faith than they do in science. Of course, the exclusion of such people of faith from discussions involving science further fuels the focus on religion.

In conclusion, West writes:

Scientists have their blind spots just as much as any religious believer. If they genuinely want more discussion over science and public policy, they could start by inviting religious believers to join the conversation.

He is absolutely correct. Now we just wait and see if religious believers will be invited to join the conversation.

West's article can be found here.