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Stephen I Gould's notion of non-overlapping magisteria (NOMA) is neither experientially supported nor rationally justifiable. Influence flows between science and religion, as when evolutionary thinking encouraged theology to adopt a kenotic view of the Creator's act of allowing creatures to be and to make themselves. Alleged simplistic dichotomies between science and religion, such as motivated belief contrasted with fideistic assertion, are seen to be false. Promising topics in the currently vigorous dialogue between science and religion include relational ontology, eschatological credibility, and ethical issues relating to advances in human genetics.

Keywords: John Caiazza; NO MA; embryo research; eschatology; kenosis; relational ontology; trinitarian theology

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: John Polkinghorne is the retired President of Queens' College, Cambridge, a Fellow of the Royal Society, and an Anglican priest. His mailing address is Queens' College, Cambridge, CBS 9ET, U.K.

Publication date: 2005-03-01

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