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A ‘Special Relationship’?

Some of the ‘discoveries’ of the appropriate relation between science and religion proposed in recent years are reminiscent of the ‘special relationship’ ‘that has always existed between our two countries’ invented by Winston Churchill in his efforts to woo the U.S. into the war with Hitler.

Indeed there had been all sorts of relationships between Britain and the States in the preceding 200 years: empire-colony, empire-rebellion, naval powers at war, distant economic power awaiting the result of civil war, belated allies against the Kaiser.

And indeed there has always been a relationship of a special kind between the advance of different types of knowledge of the natural world on the one hand, and religious understandings on the other. But this ‘special relationship’ has been just as diverse and as ambiguous as the one Churchill invoked!

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Or see different sciences - different relationships.

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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 ‘Special Relationship’?

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
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
A Critique of Willem B Drees’ Typology
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