Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy, Vol 7, No 2 (2011)

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The God Debates and the Limits of Reason

Gennady Shkliarevsky


There is a growing realization of the need to promote a constructive dialogue between science and religion both in the scientific and the religious community.  Accommodationism based on the concept of nonoverlapping magisteria (NOMA) is arguably the dominant trend in the effort to achieve this goal.  Yet despite the fact that accommodationism has many supporters, it has so far failed to promote  a productive engagement between science and religion.  The article argues that such engagement requires a critical re-examination of the principal tenets, self-evident truths, and intuitions by both the scientific and the religious community.  It further argues that despite isolated efforts seeking to promote such re-examination in both domains, neither the scientific nor the religious establishment shows much willingness to pursue this course.  Rather they prefer to follow a conservative agenda and impose limits on reason that are designed to protect the status quo. 


Key words:   Accommodationism, NOMA, dialogue between science and religion, John Paul II, Benedict XVI, Stephen Gould.

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