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How to Talk About Religion and Science . . . Rationally

Jennifer J. Thweatt-Bates
Ph.D. Candidate, Theology & Science
Princeton Theological Seminary
thweatt-bates@ptsem.eduthweatt-bates@ptsem.edu

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Abstract

In a culture which valorizes science and technology, science is often seen as the
purest form of human rational inquiry: objective, comprehensive, and effective,
while in contrast, religion is personal, irrational, and largely irrelevant. The sci-
ence and religion dialogue is, then, a testing ground for the rationality of reli-
gion. Using Ian Barbour's classic typology as a starting point, this article will
make a case for a "postfoundational" rationality which includes both scientific
and religious pursuit as valid and equal expressions of human rationality.

 
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