Science and Theology
Since the advent of modernity, it has become increasingly common for people to view science and religion as being in conflict with one another. According to scientism and the new atheists, this is because the former relies on rationality and evidence, while the latter is the result of faith and superstition. In this course, the Christian theologian’s response to this polarization will be given, and a complementary—even coinherent—position will be offered in its place, demonstrating that each of these great traditions of thought have “deep mutual relations” (T.F. Torrance) and are the richer for the reality of the other. Consideration of commonalities of epistemology (belief that is motivated), ontology, aesthetics, and various aspects of particular sciences will demonstrate that there is much more overlap in these two disciplines than is commonly thought. Ultimately, we hope to show that there is no contradiction between Scripture as properly interpreted and science as properly observed, and that science is not something that should be feared by Christians. Rather, science should become the subject of our curiosity and wonder and a means for the deepening of our worship. It is hoped also that those in scientific vocations can rediscover their work, as priests of creation, as participation in God’s work in the world.
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