For years I have taught my students that when properly understood, science and religion can be seen to be complementary of each other, and at least three of the six scholarly books I wrote while teaching at Vincennes University were meant to make the same point. One of them even used Charles Darwin's scientific theory of natural selectivity to explain analogically the cultural evolution of religion. It never entered my mind, therefore, to argue against the compatibility of science and religion. It was for that reason, and others pertaining to the debate format, that I decided not to participate in the Center for Research and Learning's event previously scheduled for March.
Mr. Verkamp is professor emeritus of philosophy at Vincennes University.