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A Critique of Willem B Drees’ Typology

Where Drees’ Typology is too limited is in not acknowledging that the ‘science’ which gives rise to challenges to religions has itself all sorts of different components. Sciences themselves have their traditions. As well as their cognitive claims they have imaginative, indeed aesthetic components which are important in the generation and evaluation of novel hypotheses and models.

Drees himself in an earlier book mused that ‘a metaphysics informed by a religious perspective might determine the criteria for theory development and appraisal.’Drees, Beyond the Big Bang: Quantum Cosmologies and God (La Salle, Il.: Open Court, 1990) p7The matrix of interaction has extra dimensions beyond those represented in the Typology, which only concern the challenge of science (viewed as a homogeneous whole) to various aspects of religion.

More, then, can be said of the positive overlap between scientific and theological positions than Drees allows.

To explore the character of the two types of subject further see critical realism in science and religion.

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Source: God, Humanity and the Cosmos  (T&T Clark, 1999)

Outlines of the Debate

Index - God, Humanity and the Cosmos, 1999 T&T Clark

A Critique of Willem B Drees’ Typology

Related Book Topics:

Science and Religion - Conflict or Dialogue?
The ‘Conflict’ or ‘Warfare’ Hypothesis
The Words ‘Science’ and ‘Theology’ in Popular Usage
Possibilities for Dialogue
Different Sciences - Different Relationships
A ‘Special Relationship’?
The Metaphor of the Maps
The Metaphor of the Maps and Understanding the Mind
Key Figures and Developments in the Science-Religion Debate
Typologies Relating Science and Religion
Barbour’s Typology
Natural Theology vs Theology of Nature
Peters’ Typology
Drees’ Typology
Religion as Evolutionary Phenomenon
Critical Realism in Science and Religion
Judging the Fit Between Data and Reality
Alternatives to a Realist Position
Applying Critical Realism to Theology
The Ongoing Debate on Critical Realism and Theology
The Role of Model and Metaphor
Model and Metaphor Compared
Consonances Between Science and Religion
Greek Philosophy and the Rise of Western Science
Religion and the Rise of Science


Dr. Christopher Southgate, Mr Michael Poole, and Mr Paul D. Murray in God, Humanity and the Cosmos.Published by T&T Clark.

See also:

Saint Augustine
Sir Isaac Newton
Charles Darwin
The Relation of Science & Religion
Books on Science and Religion - General