Belief-Ful Realism and Scientific Realism

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Despite tensions between Tillich's category of belief-ful realism and a view of science that embraces metaphysical and epistemological realism, a constructive relationship can be developed between the two. Both are based on common understandings about reality. Belief-ful or theonomous realism thus affirms scientific realism. On the other hand, scientific realism is open to the ecstatic, self-transcending elements of belief-ful realism. Finally, Tillich's formulation of the relationship between culture and religion can be reformulated specifically to include scientific and technological culture.

Keywords: Paul Tillich; belief-fulrealism; realism; theonomy

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Bethany College

Publication date: June 1, 2001

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