By Clay Farris Naff
With Darwin Day approaching, Science Odyssey features two sides of the contemporary religious reaction to Charles Darwin the man and his theory of biological evolution. We hear first from biologist Ted Burk of Creighton University, who responds to fundamentalist charges that Darwin was a racist by taking a dispassionate look at Darwin's upbringing, outlook and legacy on race. Burk will give a public lecture on this subject at Creighton onthe afternoon of Feb. 8th.
In the second half of the program we hear from biologist Michael Zimmerman of Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. He's the founder of the Clergy Letter Project, which has succeeded in getting nearly 13,000 religious leaders to sign onto an affirmation of the compatibility of religion and science, including evolution.
This will be the last Science Odyssey program for the foreseeable future. A farewell message comes at the end of Part II. Thanks for listening.
Clay Farris Naff is (claynaff.com) is a science author and blogger whose weekly radio program, Science Odyssey, airs Saturday mornings from 8:30 to 9 a.m. CST on KZUM, Lincoln's community radio station. You can hear it over the air at 89.3 FM or on the web live at kzum.org. Clay's science and religion blog on the Huffington Post can be seen here.