Rethinking the past and anticipating the future of religion and science

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Abstract

John Caiazza presents the current technoculture as the latest development in the ongoing conflict of science and religion that began with Tertullian in the third century. I argue that his presentation is historically inaccurate, because for most of Western history science and religion interacted with and cross-fertilized each other. Contrary to Caiazza's misleading presentation, Western thought did not follow the dichotomous model polemically posed by Tertullian. I take issue with Caiazza's portrayal of postmodernism and his claim that technology is the foundation of an inherently secularist culture. I conclude by highlighting certain ethical challenges engendered by the prevalence of new technologies and present the dialogue of science and religion as uniquely qualified to address these challenges.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)33-41
Number of pages9
JournalZygon
Volume40
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2005

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Keywords

  • Church fathers
  • Double-truth theory
  • Feminism
  • Leo Strauss
  • Paideia
  • Pictorialism
  • Postmodernism
  • Tertullian
  • Thomas Aquinas
  • University of Paris

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  • Cultural Studies
  • Education

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Rethinking the past and anticipating the future of religion and science. / Samuelson, Hava.

In: Zygon, Vol. 40, No. 1, 03.2005, p. 33-41.

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