Rebecca Goldstein is a novelist, professor of philosophy, and authority on the place of religion in contemporary society. Goldstein lectures all over the world, concentrating on the debate between religion and science.
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Why has religion suddenly burst onto the American public square, with Religionists and Secularists arguing over everything from the educational requirements in public schools to the nature of morality?
Science vs. Religion
Can science and religion be reconciled, or is there a fundamental tension between them? If atheists have the best arguments, why does religion still function as such an important source of meaning, comfort, and self-identity in so many lives?
A Match Made in Science
Rebecca and her husband, Steven Pinker, one of the world's leading cognitive scientists, have been called "the brainiest power couple in America" by Salon magazine. Hear from Rebecca on how they weave their separate and intensely academic professional lives into a shared personal life.
Truth in Fiction
Goldstein discusses the difference between writing nonfiction and fiction. How much reality is found in fiction, and specifically in her book 36 Arguments for the Existence of God.
Atheists and Morality
Rebecca discusses the question of morality and religion as separate entities—should intellectuals who don't believe in God be considered without morals? On which ethical system do atheists rely?