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Of God, SETI, Science, and the "Wall Street Journal"

Of God, SETI, Science, and the "Wall Street Journal"

anthropic principle, Article Review, Atheism, Challenge, Christianity, conservatism, Creation, critical judgment, Ecology, epistemology, extraterrestrial intelligences, Human Condition, Milky Way, monotheism, Nature, Philosophy, Religion, Science, Skeptic, Spirituality, teleology, Theology, wonder
There are some times when I am less skeptical about God than at other times. Back in late October I wrote a post entitled “SETI and Religion: Why We Need Little Green Men”. Now, that post was about the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence (hence the SETI acronym), but in that post, as a kind of sidebar, I also alluded to the tendency of Americans, as by a wide margin the most religious of all First World nations, to systematically misrepresent, misunderstand, and misinterpret current scientific theories in order to fit the Procrustean bed of Americans’ often-bombastic and covertly insecure religiosity:  like the victims of the inkeeper Procrustes in the Greek myth, science is often trimmed to fit faith. Well … in what a more theistically devout believer than I might see as an ad hoc d...