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God versus science, humorously speaking

Posted on the September 2nd, 2008

In taking his turn last year writing for the regular feature “On God” for Search magazine, political satirist P.J. O’Rourke dove into the apparently immortal squabble of whether faith is compatible with science (“P.J. O’Rourke ‘On God'” March/April 2007).

As the comic master he is, O’Rourke examines both sides of the issue and defuses the hostilities. As one example, he writes that science requires more faith than God.

The laugh-out-loud paragraph for me was this:

“One sympathizes with science’s faithful. The apocalyptic power of God has existed forever, and He’s been restrained about using it, despite provocation. The apocalyptic power of science has existed only since 1945, and the A-bomb has been tried twice already.”

Read more here.

I found this oldie but goodie via the Ideas (Links to What We’re Reading) blog by Tom Kuntz on the New York Times website. Definitely a good spot to go exploring for good stuff you’ve missed online.

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