Science and Religion: Original Unity and the Courage to Create

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Abstract:

Paul Tillich noted the emergence of science by “demythologization” from its original unity with religion in antiquity. Demythologization can lead to conflict with accepted paradigms and therefore requires the “courage to create,” as exemplified by Galileo. Tillich's “God above God” as the ground of creativity and courage can, in this new millennium, enable religion to be reconciled with science. Religion is a source of the “courage to create,” which is essential for progress in scientific knowledge. Religion and science working together as complementary dimensions of the human spirit can lead us into a wider world and greater wisdom. Reconciliation and reunion characterize the New Being and Creation.

Keywords: Galileo; Paul Tillich; courage to be; courage tocreate; science and religion

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/0591-2385.00357

Affiliations: Harvard University

Publication date: June 1, 2001

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