Science and God

I did not claim that religious people could not be scientists (Ian Maxfield’s letter, 21 May).

In fact, I acknowledged that this was the case in the past and is sometimes the case today.

I also explained that religious scientists tend to separate 
their religious beliefs from their scientific beliefs; they would not be taken seriously if they did not.

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Applicants are assessed on their publications and work records, not on their religious beliefs and I doubt that any applicant for a science post has been asked about the latter.

Steuart Campbell

Dovecot Loan

Edinburgh