John F. Haught

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My approach challenges naturalism, but in no sense does it compete with science. The hard work of science still remains to be done, and theology can never be a substitute for this effort.
Many evolutionists today subscribe to a version of scientific naturalism that claims to be able to explain all aspects of life, including suffering, in purely biological terms and without having to resort to theological understanding at all.
The new atheism is simply unchallenging theologically. Its engagement with theology lies at about the same level of reflection on faith that one can find in contemporary creationist and fundamentalist literature.
Traditionally most religions led us to believe that the universe is inherently meaningful, thus giving humans a sense of belonging to something of great importance. However, modern science seems to have made the classical hierarchical vision untenable.
Having demonstrated that the ambiguous modern scientific and technological enterprise has its origin in something as ignoble as religion, David Noble apparently expects us to join with him in disowning it.

John F. Haught is a senior fellow in science and religion at the Woodstock Theological Center at Georgetown University. He was formerly a professor and the chair of the department of theology at Georgetown University. He won the Owen Garrigan Award in Science and Religion in 2002, the Sophia Award for Theological Excellence in 2004, and a “Friend of Darwin Award” from the National Center for Science Education in 2008. In 2009, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Louvain in recognition of his work on theology and science.

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