Why Do Theologians Need to be Scientists?

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Abstract:

The postmodern situation has given rise to a quest for new understandings of the relationship between theology and science. Drawing illustrative material from an episode of Star Trek: Voyager, I look at three paradigmatic answers to the questionn posed in the title—th modern empirical scientific, the renewed medieval, and the post-modern—with the goal of outlining a methodological approach for an engagement between Christian theology and sciencein the post-modern context. Drawing insight from post-empirical philosophy of science and the sociology of knowledge, I argue that both science and theology engage in the task of constructing a world for human habitation.

Keywords: eschatology; methodology; philosophy of science; sociology of knowledge; theology

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/0591-2385.00280

Affiliations: Pioneer McDonald Professor of Theology and Ethics at Carey Theological College and Regent College

Publication date: June 1, 2000

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