Sacred science? : on science and its interrelations with religious worldviews /

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Imprint:Wageningen : Wageningen Academic Publishers, 2012.
Description:150 p. ; 24 cm.
Subject:Religion and science.
Science -- Philosophy.
Religion and science.
Science -- Philosophy.
Format: Print Book
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Other authors / contributors:Øyen, Simen Andersen, 1978-
Lund-Olsen, Tone.
Vaage, Nora Sørensen.
ISBN:9789086861965 (pbk.)
9086861962 (pbk.)
Notes:Published in conjunction with the celebration of the 25th anniversary of The Centre for the Study of the Sciences and the Humanities.
Includes bibliographical references.
Summary:"Science and religion are often viewed as dichotomies. But although our contemporary society is often perceived as a rationalization process, we still need broad, metaphysical beliefs outside of what can be proven empirically. Rituals and symbols remain at the core of modern life. Do our concepts of science and religion require revitalization? Can science itself be considered a religion, a belief, or an ideology? Science's authority and prestige allows for little in the way of alternate approaches not founded in empirical science. It is not unusual to believe that technology and science will solve the world's fundamental problems. Has truth been colonized by science? Have scientific disciplines become so specialized and "operationally closed" that they have constructed barriers to other disciplines as well as the general public? The writers of this book set out to investigate whether the symbols of academia may in some cases take on a quality of sacrality, whether the rule of experts can be said to have the character of a "priesthood of knowledge", whether religion has a place in scientific contexts, and a selection of other questions concerning science and its relations to religious belief."--P. [4] of cover.
Table of Contents:
  • Scientific worldviews, religious minds / Simen Andersen Øyen, Nora Sørensen Vaage and Tone Lund-Olsen
  • Science and religion? / Gunnar Skirbekk
  • What is epistocracy? / Cathrine Holst
  • Doubt has been eliminated / Roger Strand
  • The religious belief in rationality, science and democracy / Simen Andersen Øyen
  • Psychology as science or psychology as religion / Ole Jacob Madsen
  • Science without God / Ragnar Fjelland
  • Science and religion, natural and unnatural / Barbara Herrnstein Smith
  • Immortality / Kjetil Rommetveit
  • What should be the role of religion in science education and bioethics? / Michael J. Reiss
  • Current commentary : the arc of civil liberation / Jeffrey C. Alexander.