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American Association for the Advancement of Science Southwest and Rocky Mountains Region University of Tulsa March 31, 2012. The Coexistence of Science and Religion: What\'s in it For Me?. Aaron J. Place Department of Natural Science Northwestern Oklahoma State University Alva, OK.

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American Association for the Advancement of Science

Southwest and Rocky Mountains Region

University of Tulsa

March 31, 2012

The Coexistence of Science and Religion:What\'s in it For Me?

Aaron J. Place

Department of Natural Science

Northwestern Oklahoma State University

Alva, OK

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http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/05/30/scientific-designs-and-tutorials-that-will-inspire-you/http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/05/30/scientific-designs-and-tutorials-that-will-inspire-you/

  • History of the "conflict"
  • Possible relationships between science and religion
  • Benefits of a dialogue between science and religion
religious views in america
Religious views in America

According to Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life Religious Landscape survey:

    • 71% are certain there is a God
    • 82% say religion is somewhat or very important in their life
    • 46% attend services a few times a year or less
    • Split three ways on literality of holy scripture
    • 68% say there is more than one true way to interpret the teachings of their religion
  • Spiritual beliefs are important, but there is flexibility in understanding spiritual matters
perceptions of science in america
Perceptions of science in America

According to a 2009 Pew Research Center for the People and Press survey:

  • 84% say science has had a positive effect on society
    • 52% mostly tied to medical advances
    • range: 6-8% cite space, environment and telecommunications
  • 70% say scientists contribute to the well-being of society
  • 17% say US science advances are best in the world
  • 55% say science is often in conflict with religion
  • 61% say science does not conflict with their religious views

Overall favorable view, but no data on basic science

history of the conflict
History of the conflict
  • 16th - 19th centuries
    • Initially Science and Religion go hand in hand
      • Galileo, Newton, and others
  • 1890\'s
    • Andrew Dickson White - A History of Warfare of Science with Theology in Christendom
    • William Draper - History of the Conflict Between Religion and Science
  • 1960\'s
    • The rise of "Radical" Fundamentalism
  • 21st century
    • "New" atheists
possible relationships between science and religion
Possible relationships between Science and Religion
  • Conflict
    • "New" atheists - scientism
    • religious fundamentalists - literalism
  • Independence
    • NOMA
  • Dialogue
    • Darwin Weekend and Clergy Letter Project
    • Templeton Foundation projects
possible relationships between science and religion1
Possible relationships between Science and Religion
  • Integration
    • "one reality, one methodology" Charles Raven
  • Consonance
    • Autonomous but reconcilable
    • Common domains of question asking
  • Assimilation
    • Maximal conceptual merging
benefits of a dialogue
Benefits of a dialogue
  • To Science:
    • Improved public funding funding
    • Freedom to pursue important questions
    • Freedom to teach sound science
benefits of a dialogue1
Benefits of a dialogue
  • To Religion
    • Studying and learning about creation brings person closer to God
    • Develop a fuller understanding of God
benefits of a dialogue2
Benefits of a dialogue
  • To the Public:
    • Scientifically literate electorate
    • Continued technological advance
    • More complete or fulfilled person
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"Science can purify religion from error and superstition, religion can purify science of idolatry and false absolutes. Each can draw the other into a wider world... in which both can flourish." --Pope John Paul II
acknowledgments
Acknowledgments

Rev. J. F. Wickey

Rev. Judye Pistole

Rev. Colin Grangaard

Scientists in Congregations and JTF

Coleman Teel

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