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“RELIGION AND SCIENCE” AS ADVOCACY OF SCIENCE AND AS RELIGION VERSUS RELIGION

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Abstract.

“Religion and science” often is understood as being about the relationship between two given enterprises, religion and science. I argue that it is more accurate to understand religion and science in different contexts differently. (1) It serves as apologetics for science in a religious environment. As apologetics for technology the role of religion-and-science is more ambivalent, as competing and contrary responses to modern technology find articulation in religious terms. (2) In the political context of the modern university, some invoke religion-and-science in arguing for a place of theology alongside the sciences. In this context, secular studies of religion are a major challenge, which is hardly addressed. (3) Within the religious communities, religion-and-science is a battleground between revisionist and traditionalist ways of understanding religion.

Keywords: apologetics; intrareligious competition; religion and science; secular study of religion

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9744.2005.00686.x

Affiliations: Professor of Philosophy of Religion and Ethics, Department of Theology, Leiden University, P.O. Box 9515, 2300 RA Leiden, the Netherlands, and president of the European Society for Science and Theology (ESSSAT);, Email: w.b.drees@let.leidenuniv.nl.

Publication date: September 1, 2005

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