The Boyle lecture – Misusing Darwin: The Materialist Conspiracy in Evolutionary Biology (Prof Keith Ward)
Overview (The 2007 Boyle Lecture)
Scientists sometimes complain about the introduction of religious ideas into science. But many scientists, especially evolutionary biologists, blatantly introduce materialism into science.
In fact neither theism nor materialism are entailed by science. They are philosophical views, and materialism is a highly disputed and problematic philosophical theory, not supported by any major classical philosopher. Many eminent scientists confuse science and philosophy, commit themselves to materialism without seriously considering its problems, and make ill-considered remarks about religion, largely based on the anti-scientific beliefs of a minority of extremist Christians.
Creationism should not be taught as science; but neither should materialism. It is time for some scientists to see that their allegedly purely scientific views are often founded on blind prejudice and culpable misunderstanding.
Professor Ward’s lecture will be followed by a response by The Revd Dr John Polkinghorne ScD KBE DRS.
The original Boyle Lectures took place annually between 1692 and 1732. Funded by a bequest in the Will of the Hon Robert Boyle, the lectures featured distinguished preachers who were asked to consider the relationship between the new natural philosophy and the Christian religion. Revived in 2009, the new Boyle Lectures address the same challenge today.
For more on the Boyle Lectures go here.