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Putting scientists in their place?

I found Ryan Shaffer's interview with Richard Leakey ("Evolution, Humanism, and Conservation," J/A 2012) quite interesting, but one statement by Leakey disturbed me--that he is an atheist. Reference was also made to the atheistic beliefs of Richard Dawkins, whose insistence on atheism I find equally disturbing.

The basis of my thought is that God is supernatural. Scientists can only study natural phenomena, therefore, there can be no scientifically valid datum regarding the existence or nonexistence of God. As a result, the belief in God or atheism must be nothing more than a faith position. This is not a criticism of non-scientists who are atheists, nor do I wish to separate myself from atheists in the political and social realm, for we all have the same problems dealing with prejudice. However, if a scientist chooses to be a believer in God or an atheist, I believe that he or she has the responsibility to state that this is based on faith, not science.

John Hendrix

Ft. Collins, CO

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Title Annotation:Letters
Author:Hendrix, John
Publication:The Humanist
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Sep 1, 2012
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