Stanley Fish provides an interesting analysis of the discussion of faith and science. There’s a bit of a post-modern vibe to all of it. What is useful is that he doesn’t allow scientific materialists to claim the high ground (which is why I kind of enjoy his writing; there’s a refreshing honesty at times). We all come to the table with assumptions about which sources have authority, that is which scripture can we appeal to. Here’s one slice of the piece:
Don’t misunderstand me. I am not criticizing Dawkins, but thanking him for affirming the argument I made last week in Campaign Stops, the argument that despite invocations of fairness and equality and giving every voice a chance, classical liberals, like any other ideologues (and ideologues we all are), divide the world into “us” and “them.” It’s just that rather than “us” being Christians and “them” Jews or vice-versa, “us” are those who subscribe to the tenets of materialist scientific inquiry and “them” are those who don’t, those who, in the entirely parochial judgment of liberal rationalists, subscribe to nonsense and superstition.