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Theology: Reduction or Autonomy?

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Abstract:

Issues of the nature and task of theology remain important to the science-theology dialogue. This paper lays out a framework for understanding the nature of theology in relation to the other sciences. In particular, I argue that the primary question remains one of autonomy and reduction. If theology is a genuine academic discipline, then it should be an autonomous field with its own subject matter and norms. Wolfhart Pannenberg argues that theology is the science of God, but I suggest that theology be more broadly understood as the science of meaning. If we recognize this, the modes of interaction between theology and the other sciences becomes clearer.

Keywords: reductionism; science-theology conflict; science-theology typologies; scientific theology; theological method

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/0591-2385.00387

Affiliations: Global Institute at Thiel College, Greenville

Publication date: December 1, 2001

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