THE RELIGION-SCIENCE DISCUSSION AT FORTY YEARS: “REPORTS OF MYDEATH ARE PREMATURE”

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The startling success of the religion-science discussion in recent years calls for reflection. Have old walls been broken down, old antagonisms overcome? Have science and religion finally been reconciled? Or is all the activity just so much sound and fury signifying nothing? Postmodern equations of scientific and religious beliefs disregard a number of enduring differences that help make sense of the continuing tensions. Yet the skepticism of authors such as John Caiazza is also ungrounded. I describe five major types of approaches that are being employed in the recent literature. These methods have led to a deeper understanding of the commonalities between science and religion and have produced new productive partnerships between them.

Keywords: John Caiazza; ethics and values; phenomenology of science and religion; postmodernism; religion-science debate; research programs; science and metaphysics; sociology of science; spirituality; theory of knowledge

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9744.2005.00639.x

Affiliations: Philip Clayton is Professor of Philosophy and Religion at Claremont Graduate University and Ingraham Professor at the Claremont School of Theology, 1325 N. College Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711.

Publication date: March 1, 2005

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