Good News For Religion: Publishers Resist Pressure to Undermine Evolution Coverage in Texas Science Textbooks

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Tom Uytterhoeven‘s insight:

Good news! – If religion is to play a role in the future of our species, as it has done in its past, it will have to do two things. It will have to take science at face value instead of clinching to only those theories that allow a ‘God of the gaps’. And it also will have to take theology at face value (insights from exegetical research, systematic theology,…) instead of holding on to a literal reading of holy texts and the idea that a tradition never-ever changes. (The latter would in my view imply that humans can limit God’s freedom, but that’s another story.)

That does not mean that religious traditions can not ask critical questions to the sciences. Ethical implications, methodological issues, epistemological questions,…: bringing those to the fore will help science to avoid self-indulgance.

And taking science serious also does not mean science has priority. In a way, a scientific insight or theory is only just the beginning when trying to understand our world, our universe, as a whole. The Alexandrian librarians already knew this, when they placed Aristotles works on being after his works on physics…

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One thought on “Good News For Religion: Publishers Resist Pressure to Undermine Evolution Coverage in Texas Science Textbooks

  1. Good for you! However, I do think that in terms of information about the origins and functions of the cosmos and all that is in it, we have to give science priority; theologians do not have the competence and information to compete with the sciences. However, the empirical sciences have little to say concerning meaning, acceptability and vision, which is the proper field of philosophy (in terms of rationality) and theology (in terms of a particular conviction). As the title of my new book expresses it: Informed by science, involved by Christ: How science can update, enrich and empower the Christian faith (London: Xlibris 2013).

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