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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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The coexistence of science and religion what s in it for me

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


The coexistence of science and religion what s in it for me

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


Media portrayal of the conflict

Media portrayal of the "conflict"


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


    The coexistence of science and religion what s in it for me

    "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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