Religiosity, Scientific Reasoning, and Evolutionary Evangelism
In this episode, David and Aaron discuss a recent publication in the journal Evolution: Education and Outreach which examines whether a person’s ability to reason scientifically is associated with their acceptance of evolutionary theory and creationism.
- The paper we discuss in this episode is:
Manwaring, K. F., Jensen, J. L., Gill, R. A., Sudweeks, R. R., Davies, R. S., & Bybee, S. M. (2018). Scientific reasoning ability does not predict scientific views on evolution among religious individuals. Evolution: Education and Outreach, 11(1), 2.
- People mentioned in the episode:
- Theodosius Dobzhansky (1900-1975) was a prominent geneticist and evolutionary biologist how helped fashion modern evolutionary theory. Here we reference his 1973 essay titled “Nothing in Biology Makes Sense Except in the Light of Evolution.”
- Francis Collins is a renown geneticist and Christian who lead the Human Genome project and is currently the director of the National Institutes of Health. He was involved in starting BioLogos which promotes theistic evolution.
- Richard Dawkins is an outspoken atheist and evolutionary biologist. He was formerly the University of Oxford’s Professor for the Public Understanding of Science.
- Ronald Numbers is a historian of science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His 1993 book The Creationists: The Evolution of Scientific Creationism is referenced in this episode.
- Ellen White (1827-1915) was a religious author and co-founder of the Seventh-day Adventist church.
- Two major creationist organizations mentioned in the episode are Answers in Genesisand the Institute for Creation Research. Neither organization believes in strict fixity of species.
- The text Dr. Corbit was trying to quote is Proverbs 18:13, “He who answers a matter before he hears it, It is folly and shame to him” (NKJV).