Reflection On Models Of Science-Religion Dialogue And Evaluation Of The Independence Model

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Abstract

This paper explores the task of the integration of faith and learning by reflecting on different models of the science-religion dialogue. I provide a preliminary classification scheme of these models:

(I) Science and religion are regarded as two radically different types of activity.

(II) Science and religion are regarded as basically the same type of activity: Non-realism or realism.

(III) Although science and religion are very different types of activity/practice, in other significant respects they are also similar.

I then explain on model (III), it can be further divided into the Independence Model (Scientific propositions and theological propositions belong to non-overlapping domains), and the Interaction Model (Scientific propositions and theological propositions belong to overlapping domains)-which can again be divided into the Conflict Model and the Integration Model.

In the rest of the paper I briefly look at the Conflict Model and then explain how the Independence Model can be used to neutralize the challenge of this model. However, I will also point out some limitations of the Independence Model. Towards the end, I suggest some kinds of Model of Positive Integration are the best way forward.

本文透過反思宗教與科學不同對話的模型,去探討信仰與學科整合之路。首先我把這些模型分為三大類:

(I)科學與宗教被視為兩種截然不同的活動。

(II)科學與宗教被視為基本上相同類型的活動:非實在論或實在論。

(III)雖然科學與宗教是非常不同的活動,但在某些重要方面也有相似之處。

我然後解釋第三種模型又可分為獨立模型(科學與神學的語句屬於互不重叠的領域),和互動模型(科學與神學的語句屬於部分重叠的領域)- 這再可區分為衝突模型和整合模型。接着我在文章簡略評論衝突模型,和解釋獨立模型如何可用來消解衝突模型的挑戰。然而我也指出獨立模型的限制。最後,我建議正面整合的模型可能是最佳的出路。
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-32
Number of pages32
Journal建道學刊
Issue number33
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2010

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