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In a world where all of life is on the edge of extinction and destruction by humankind, those who practice religion-and-science within a mutual dialogue bear the responsibility of doing so with this edge of life in mind. To speak of religion-and-science as a field of inquiry is to acknowledge the ethical responsibilities it entails. If one task of Zygon is to reformulate religion in light of the future dialogue of religion-and-science, we need to think about what kind of hope for the future is needed. Clearly, we are not simply called to repeat the past or comment on what has already been done by other academics. To help accomplish these goals and to reflect on the mission and future of Zygon, I appeal to the metaphor of improvisation, particularly as it is embodied in the visual and performing arts.

Keywords: future; hope; improvisation; mediocrity; responsibility

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Professor of Religion and Philosophy at Augustana College, 2001 S. Summit Ave., Sioux Falls, SD 57197;, Email:

Publication date: 2010-06-01

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