Untangling the faith debate
In “A biologist takes aim at religion” (SN: 7/11/15, p. 27), Bruce Bower reviewed Faith vs. Fact, a book arguing that real knowledge about the universe comes from science, not spirituality.
A number of readers wrote in to challenge one particular line from the review: “If religion is irrational, it should have been eradicated through natural selection among Stone Age folk.” William Check wrote, “Where is the logic behind that assertion? Humans are predominantly irrational, driven mostly by emotions — fear, greed, anger, hatred, lust, power. Rationality only arose as a significant force