Science and Religion—Formidable Opponents?

June 3rd, 2007

Not for Stephen Colbert, although possibly for his stubbornly one-sided persona, whose ignorance is only exceeded by his arrogance. At Book Expo America this past Saturday to promote his upcoming book, Colbert had this to say in response to a thoughtful question during the Q_A:

“I’m really interested in religion, I’m really interested in science. As someone who was raised by a mother who was a mystical Catholic and a father who was an immunologist, those things mix in me in a really interesting way, I think, and it’s a nice combination. It doesn’t make you immune to mysticism, unfortunately.”

I couldn’t resist using this for my inaugural post. It’s a theme that runs through many of his conversations with those who interview him out of character and it provides the foundation for his brilliant and often biting satire. Through the laughter, we find ourselves thinking about the issues he raises night after night.

Major tip of the hat to No Fact Zone for covering the run-up to Stephen’s appearance BEA. Their own correspondent WordsWithGrace asked the fine question at the breakfast.

Watch excerpts of the panel presentation here:

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and the Q_A here. The relevant question is about the fourth one in.

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  1. Comment by wordswithgrace on June 8, 2007 11:33 pm

    Thanks for the shout-out, Diane - glad that question inspired you! Your site looks beautiful.

    I don’t believe I’d ever heard him use the “mystical Catholic / immunologist” line before. That was a treat.

    I say the next time he does a big Q_A like this, we should all go armed with our thoughtful questions!

  2. Comment by Diane on June 9, 2007 8:21 am

    @WWG, that was my thought exactly. It wasn’t the same thing I’d heard in other interviews. And the fact that it was just a spur of the moment kind of thing made it even more intriguing.

    Thanks for the kind words about the site. It’s still very much a work in progress, but the shows this week made me really want to get it out there. I can fill in the background as I go.

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