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John Haught has awarded the debates between religion (Christianity in particular) and science a central place in his ongoing corpus of work. Seeking to encourage and enhance the conversation, Haught both critiques current positions and offers his own perspective as a potential ground for continuing the discussion in a fruitful manner. This essay considers Haught's primary criticisms of the voices on both sides of the debate which his work connotes as polarizing or conflating the debate. It also extrudes from Haught's work themes that provide alternative visions. The essay concludes with two questions for further consideration.
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Keywords: John F. Haught; cosmic pessimism; creationism; critical intelligence; ecology; eschatology; evolution; hope; intelligent design theory; naturalism; new atheism; panentheism; pantheism; personal God; promise; purpose; scientific materialism; scientific naturalism; value

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Doctoral candidate in Theology at Fordham University, 441 East Fordham Road, Bronx, NY 10458;, Email: [email protected]

Publication date: 2010-12-01

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