Skeptic: What is the proper relation between science and religion?
Where do they intersect, if at all, and where are they in conflict?
Mayr: Well, I have a different definition of
religion. All my atheist friends are deeply religious. They don't
believe in God or anything supernatural, but they believe that they
don't live in this world just to have a good time, but to
Skeptic: Do you consider yourself a humanist?
Mayr: Yes, I do.
Skeptic: You don't believe in God, but are you
an agnostic or an atheist?
Mayr: I have the honesty to say I'm an atheist.
There is nothing that supports the idea of a personal God. On the other
hand, famous evolutionists such as Dobzhansky were firm believers in a
personal God. He would work as a scientist all week and then on Sunday
get down on his knees and pray to God.
Skeptic: What accounts for this style of thinking?
Mayr: Frankly I've never been able to understand
it because you would need two totally different compartments in your
brain, one that deals with religion and the other with
The Grand Old Man of Evolution (interview),
eSkeptic: July 5, 2004)