This year has marked, I believe, the beginning of the end of the war between science and religion. Creationism cannot last. The New Atheists are now getting old. And between these camps the middle ground continues to expand.You can click over to see who they are.
Indeed, many folks have been hard at it, doing a new kind of peace work. Some have done it intentionally, some have not. Outliers, both atheist and religious hardliners, continue to wage battle but they look increasingly irrelevant.
While I can't claim to a place in the top ten, or even the top 100, I'm rather pleased with some of my writings on this subject this year, so forgive me if I use this opportunity to point at them all together:
- The unexpected face of the faithful (I) points out that many scientists DO consider themselves people of faith. (I'm not one of them, but I'm friendly!)
- Do the Faithful need atheists? considers how the outsider's view may actually be constructive
- My Living with Church series described why and how I, as a non-believer, function in a religious community.
- Part I discusses how I manage to accommodate, as a cultural rather than spiritual identity
- Part II considers the science of faith, and
- Part III describes engaging politically, as a non-believing defender of faith.
- Science, Faith, Mythos, Logos, examines roots of the peculiar conflict between religion (particularly evangelical) and science.
- and from last year, Faith through a Prism
I hope you've enjoyed what I've written. It looks like we'll keep going into 2012, though I hope that my fellow bloggers on this group blog will participate a little more often!