Science & Religion: Are They Compatible?
A debate between Jerry Coyne and John Haught from the 2011 Bale-Boone Symposium series at the University of Kentucky:
Last month, as part of the University of Kentucky’s ongoing Bale-Boone Symposium series, theologian John Haught was invited to debate well-respected University of Chicago evolutionary biologist and atheist Jerry Coyne on the subject of compatibility between science and religion.
Both parties agreed to make footage of the debate available to the public, but Haught, who Coyne says “admitted his loss” and blamed it on “Jerry’s groupies,” reneged on the agreement, and refused to allow video of the event to be posted online.
Dr. Robert Rabel, who heads the university’s Gaines Center for the Humanities which sponsored the debate, honored Haught’s request, and even went a step further, refusing Coyne a personal copy of the tape so he could edit out Haught’s part.
When Coyne asked Haught in an email why he had banned publication of the tape, Haught responded that the event “failed to meet what I consider to be reasonable standards of fruitful academic exchange.”
Coyne’s supporters rallied behind his cause and managed to pressure Haught into allowing the video’s release.