Please, no more talk of NOMA: On the incompatibility of science and religion

In 1999, prominent biologist Stephen Jay Gould proposed the ‘NOMA’ model (Non Overlapping Magisteria) for the relationship between religion and science. In the USA, where religion holds an inexplicably strong grasp over the public discourse, ‘NOMA’ remains the standard stance – the scientific equivalent of looking the other way.

In a succinct 2-minute read in last weekend’s New York Times, biologist David Barash explains why science and religion are incompatible and NOMA doesn’t work. Well worth a read.

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