Comment to DOI:10.1029/2006EO060007
[Comment on “Keep Religion out of National Space Policy”] Guidelines for writing about science and religion
Article first published online: 3 DEC 2007
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Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union
Volume 88, Issue 45, page 472, 6 November 2007
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2007), [Comment on “Keep Religion out of National Space Policy”] Guidelines for writing about science and religion, Eos Trans. AGU, 88(45), 472–472, doi:10.1029/2007EO450010.(
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When scientists write about the relation between science and religion, I suggest they follow four principles: (1) Be accurate in statements of fact and in the use of terminology; (2) use examples that are germane to the issue at hand; (3) provide conclusions that follow logically from the given premises and discussion; and (4) acknowledge that the practice of science has its own dogma.
Scientists routinely follow the first three principles when writing their science reports. But a recent Eos article on science and religion [Carter, 2006] violated these three principles. It is important to discuss how scientists sometimes err in statements on religion because nonscientists will detect any errors and will conclude that scientists cannot make a rational case for their position.