Ken Miller is a researcher and teacher with a delightful ability to make advanced science understandable and relevant to all. A Roman Catholic, he challenges audiences to reach deep within themselves in addressing scientific, humanistic, and theological issues.
Miller earned his Ph.D. in 1974 at the University of Colorado, and spent six years teaching at Harvard University before returning to his undergrad alma mater, Brown University, where he is a professor of biology.
His research work on cell membrane structure and function has produced more than 50 scientific papers and reviews in leading journals, including CELL and Nature, as well as leading popular sources such as Natural History and Scientific American.
Miller is coauthor, with Joseph S. Levine, of three different high school and college biology textbooks which are used by millions of students nationwide. He has received five major teaching awards.
One of Miller's principal interests is the public understanding of evolution. He has written a number of articles defending the scientific integrity of evolution, answering challenges such as "intelligent design," and he has debated a number of anti-evolutionists over the years. His recent book, Finding Darwin's God: A Scientist's Search for Common Ground between God and Evolution, has been well received by both specialists and the general public.
"creationists have sought God in darkness"
"Creationist reasoning, ultimately, is much more dangerous to religion; they show the proponents of atheism exactly how to disprove the existence of God --[they say] 'show that evolution works, and it's time to tear down the temple.' This is an offer that the enemies of religion are all too happy to accept."
"God is real, we find him in the bright light of human knowledge, spiritual and scientific."
"every increase in our understanding of the natural world is a step toward God"
"God fashioned a material world in which truly free and independent beings could evolve. He got it right the very first time. a world in which intelligent creatures would face authentic choices between good and evil. Neither the self-sufficiency of nature nor the reality of evil in the world mean God is absent. To a religious person, both signify something quite different - the strength of God's love and the reality of our freedom as His creatures."
"I believe much of the problem is the fault of those in the scientific community who routinely enlist the findings of evolutionary biology in support of their own philosophical pronouncements."
"creationists need a science that shows nature to be incomplete; they need a history of life whose events can only be explained as the result of supernatural processes Nature must be flawed, static, and forever inadequate."
"Science in general, and evolutionary science in particular, gives us something quite different. It reveals a universe that is dynamic, flexible, and logically complete. It presents a vision of life that spreads across the planet with endless variety and intricate beauty. It suggests a world in which our material existence is not an impossible illusion propped up by magic, but the genuine article, a world in which things are exactly what they seem. A world in which we were formed, as the Creator once told us, from the dust of the earth itself."