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Many people assume that the subtitle of this book suggests something that is clearly false.
After all, if Francis Collins, the head of the Human Genome Project, is an accomplished scientist and avowed Christian, how could religion and science possibly be incompatible? Well, here's how.
One of the greatest virtues of many religions is faith, which, by definition, is belief in something in the absence of evidence. Far from being a virtue, faith is considered to be a great sin (irony intended) among scientists. Science gets us closer to truth. Religion never has.
As Coyne makes painfully clear, basing one's life in religion has serious consequences for the well-being of children, women, and society at large. Read this book if you disagree with Coyne, but, even if you're already a member of the choir, read the book anyway.
It never hurts to read an author, especially one as gifted as Coyne, making arguments based on reason and science.
Faith Versus Fact: Why Science and Religion Are Incompatible by Jerry A. Coyne (Viking) Recommended by Brian at Malaprops Bookstore Asheville NC