I recently heard a fascinating interview on NPR with Bad Religion front man Greg Graffin. I had no idea that in addition to touring with the band, Graffin is a life sciences lecturer at UCLA. He’s also an author and he has a new book out, Anarchy Evolution: Faith, Science, and Bad Religion in a World Without God, which he co-wrote with Steve Olson. He says that the book can be described as part memoir and part polemic about evolution.
He also talks about the similarities between punk rock and science in the NPR interview. He says, “Science is something that challenges authority, in the same way that punk rock…the thing that kind of sweeps through the last thirty years of punk is this sentiment of challenging authority.”
I highly recommend listening to the full interview, which I’ve embedded below.
Synopsis of Anarchy Evolution: Faith, Science, and Bad Religion in a World Without God  by Greg Graffin and Steve Olson:
Most people know Greg Graffin as the lead singer of the punk band Bad Religion, but few know that he also received a PhD from Cornell University and teaches evolution at the University of California at Los Angeles. In Anarchy Evolution, Graffin argues that art and science have a deep connection. As an adolescent growing up when “drugs, sex, and trouble could be had on any given night,” Graffin discovered that the study of evolution provided a framework through which he could make sense of the world.
In this provocative and personal book, he describes his own coming of age as an artist and the formation of his naturalist worldview on questions involving God, science, and human existence. While the battle between religion and science is often displayed in the starkest of terms, Anarchy Evolution provides fresh and nuanced insights into the long-standing debate about atheism and the human condition. It is a book for anyone who has ever wondered if God really exists.
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