Jerry Coyne on the Incompatibility of Faith and Science(Click "Listen" button.)
I’ve earnestly sought to know the truth and come to the conclusion that God exists but that many people aren’t so much interested in the truth as fitting in, and are willing to accept comforting mythologies in place of truth.
“They have no reason to say that past evidence is a good predictor of future events . . .”No reason? The day-to-day successful functioning of all our society’s technology gives validation to science from moment to moment, not the absolute somewhat ivory tower validation desired by the religious person who wants God-given absolute truth, but the type of practical truth that people base their lives on.
“The Christian tradition”? Is that the Catholic traditional teaching that “there is no salvation outside the Catholic Church”? Or the tradition (of some Baptist, I believe) that if you’re not baptized by immersion you’re going to hell? Or the Jehovah Witness tradition that only they (and only some of them) get into heaven?
Yes, scientists disagree especially about issues on the cutting-edge of science. But they have a method of finding what’s true and eventually weed out false beliefs. Religion on the other hand is forever bound by what their “revelations” say; therefore various religious sects are bound to disagree for as long as they exist.