I like this. Larry Moran has the summary of a talk by Francis Collins, who asserts that science and religion are entirely compatible. Here are Collins’ last few slides:
[First Slide] Almighty God, who is not limited in space and time, created a universe 13.7 billion years ago with its parameters precisely tuned to allow the development of complexity over long periods of time.
[Second Slide] God’s plan included the mechanism of evolution to create the marvelous diversity of living things on our planet. Most especially, that plan included human beings.
[Third Slide] After evolution, in the fullness of time, had prepared a sufficiently advanced neurological “house” (the brain), God gifted humanity with free will and with a soul. Thus humans received a special status, “made in God’s image.”
[Fourth Slide] We humans used our free will to disobey God, leading to our realization of being in violation of the Moral Law. Thus we were estranged from God. For Christians, Jesus is the solution to that estrangement.
That’s it. A very simple but, I think, entirely compatible view that does no violence either to faith or to science. And puts them in a harmonious position …
Then Larry asks six simple questions that are basically, “where is the evidence for that claim,” or “how do you know that?”. I could break those slides down into more than six questions; if you listen to Collins’ whole talk, you know that every one of those claims for what his god did are simply phwooomfed into existence magically, with no supporting reason at all, other than the fact that he is a Christian who needs to believe in these miracles in order to continue being a Christian.
As for his final sentence … he’s wrong. He has done great violence to science. He might as well have dragged science into a dark alley and hacked it to bits with an axe.