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All on the Same Side: Reflections on the Dialogue Between Science and Religion

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Abstract:

The ‘war’ between religion and science is winding down, creating new opportunities for fruitful dialogue. The foundations of indirect religion-science dialogue, where the perspectives of the two disciplines illuminate some third subject, are not well established. A detailed comparison of the Roman Catholic bishops' dialogues and a similar program within the American Association for the Advancement of Science illustrates the variety in formalscience-religion interactions and reveals much about the promise, achievements, and limitations of different approaches. Success depends in large part on controlling the diversity of the dialogue group, choosing topics carefully, and adopting positive and cooperative attitudes.

Keywords: American Association for the Advancement of Science; National Conference of Catholic Bishops; directreligion-science dialogue; diversity in dialogue; indirectscience-religion dialogue; practical limitations of dialogue; religion-science-industry model; search for wisdom; shared goals of dialogue; spirit of dialogue; topics for dialogue; war between religion and science

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/0591-2385.00279

Publication date: June 1, 2000

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