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Oracles of ScienceCelebrity Scientists versus God and Religion$
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Karl Giberson and Mariano Artigas

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195310726

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195310726.001.0001

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Science and Beyond

(p.225) Conclusion
Oracles of Science

Karl Giberson (Contributor Webpage)

Mariano Artigas

Oxford University Press

The oracles of science: Carl Sagan, Stephen Weinberg, Richard Dawkins, Stephen Hawking, Edward O. Wilson, and Stephen Jay Gould make connections between science and culture, and they particularly voice their ideas about religion. Like all great scientists, they have done important work in specific areas, but unlike most scientists, they have a grand view of reality and have elected to engage the deeper cultural and worldview issues of our time. The oracles of science, for the most part, create the impression that science is hostile to religion. Their writings produce the impression that science supersedes religion, and even explains it away. As history has shown, science is all too frequently enlisted in the service of propaganda and we must be on guard against intellectual nonsense masquerading as science.

Keywords:   Carl Sagan, Stephen Weinberg, Richard Dawkins, Stephen Hawking, Edward O. Wilson, Stephen Jay Gould, religion, worldview

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