RETHINKING THE PAST AND ANTICIPATING THE FUTURE OF RELIGION AND SCIENCE

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John Caiazza presents the current technoculture as the latest development in the ongoing conflict of science and religion that began with Tertullian in the third century. I argue that his presentation is historically inaccurate, because for most of Western history science and religion interacted with and cross-fertilized each other. Contrary to Caiazza's misleading presentation, Western thought did not follow the dichotomous model polemically posed by Tertullian. I take issue with Caiazza's portrayal of postmodernism and his claim that technology is the foundation of an inherently secularist culture. I conclude by highlighting certain ethical challenges engendered by the prevalence of new technologies and present the dialogue of science and religion as uniquely qualified to address these challenges.

Keywords: Leo Strauss; Tertullian; Thomas Aquinas; University of Paris; church fathers; double-truth theory; feminism; paideia; pictorialism; postmodernism

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9744.2005.00640.x

Affiliations: Hava Tirosh-Samuelson is a professor of history at Arizona State University, P.O. Box 874302, Tempe, AZ 85287-4302;, Email: hava.samuelson@asu.edu.

Publication date: March 1, 2005

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