September 23, 2004
Lindon Eaves , Anne Foerst and Carl Feit —
Science and Being

Many of history's greatest scientists considered their work to be a religious endeavor, a direct search for God. Pioneers like Newton, Copernicus, and Galileo believed that their discoveries told humanity more about God's nature than had been known. Beginning in the early 18th century, science and religion came to be at odds — the gap widening most famously with the publication of Darwin's On the Origin of Species.

In recent years, a new dialogue has begun, driven by leading scientists across the world. Host Krista Tippett explores with three scientists, each of whom is working in a field that's rapidly advancing our understanding of what it means to be human. From very different perspectives, they suggest that our most sophisticated 21st-century discoveries may be driving us back to questions of faith.

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Guests

is an Anglican priest and geneticist at Virginia Commonwealth University.

is a computer scientist and former theological advisor in the MIT Artificial Intelligence Lab.

is an immunologist at Yeshiva University in Manhattan and a scholar of the Talmud.

Selected Readings

"Songs of the Soul"

Read two translations of the poem written by St. John of the Cross.

Job 38 1:1-41 of the Tanakh: The Holy Scriptures

Read the complete passage from this book of the Old Testament.

Psalm 139

The following biblical passage recited by Krista and read during the program was taken from Celebrating Common Prayer: A Version of the Daily Office SSF.

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The exhibit "PhotonQ - The Darth Vader Artificial Intelligence Network" on display at a contemporary art museum in Paris. (Photo by /Flickr, licensed under Creative Commons)

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I feel that anything or anyone that questions Jehovah God's realization has nothing to tell me or anything to sell me. For I know that He is real and the world would be worse off than if He wasn't real. Because of His grace and mercy we all can or could live a somewhat peaceful life now, and for sure an eternally peaceful life after death.