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Religion and Science in Taiwan: Rethinking the Connection

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Abstract:

The author draws upon his experience in teaching courses in religion and science in Taiwan, as well as more traditional sources in the history of Chinese religions and the history of science in China, to discuss the relationship of religion and science in contemporary Taiwan. Various aspects of Chinese and Taiwanese understandings of both science and religion are discussed. It is suggested that the nexus for the science-religion dialogue does not lie in a doctrine of creation, which is noticeably absent in Buddhism and most Chinese religions, but rather in the human person who seeks personal health and wholeness, right relations with fellow human beings, and harmony with the cosmos. The author notes that many of these ideas are not unique to China and Taiwan and that in considering other cultures, our understanding of our own culture is enriched.

Keywords: Chinese religions; creation; history of Chinese science; science and religion; superstition

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/0591-2385.00394

Affiliations: Fu Jen Catholic University

Publication date: December 1, 2001

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