Abstract

Philip Hefner identifies three settings in which to assess the future of science and religion: the academy, the public sphere, and the faith community. This essay argues that the discourse of science and religion could improve its standing within the secular academy in America by shifting the focus from theology to history. In the public sphere, the science-and-religion discourse could play an important role of promoting tolerance and respect toward the religious Other. For a given faith community (for example, Judaism) the discourse of science and religion can ensure future intellectual depth by virtue of study and ongoing interpretation. The essay challenges the suggestion to adopt irony as a desirable posture for science-and-religion discourse.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)448-461
Number of pages14
JournalZygon
Volume45
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2010

Keywords

  • Anti-Semitism
  • Aristotle
  • Conflict model
  • Darwinism
  • Early modern science and technology
  • Hayden White
  • Irony
  • Judaism (Reform, Modern Orthodox, Ultra-Orthodox)
  • Natural philosophy
  • Philip Hefner
  • Religion
  • Science
  • Secularism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Education
  • Religious studies

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