ERIC Number: EJ873775
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
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Science and Religion: What Is at Stake?
Cultural Studies of Science Education, v5 n1 p5-17 Mar 2010
There are some who experience irreconcilable differences between their religious beliefs concerning a world created as is, on the one hand, and a scientific view of the world that has developed by means of natural evolution over billions of years, on the other hand. In this special issue, scholars from very different religions, backgrounds, and academic fields contribute to the debate with contributions to (a) a forum based on philosophical argumentation, (b) a collection of original studies and approaches from different parts of the globe concerning the relation between the two domains, and (c) a forum concerning the conversations and writings of a high school student concerning his way of reconciling science and religion. Together, these three parts of this special issue on the topic of science and religion constitute within themselves and across the collection a highly variegated, multicolored tapestry of beliefs, voices, cultures, and countries that explode any narrowly defined opposition between the two domains particularly concerning the theory of evolution and belief in creation (intelligent design). In this introduction, I articulate the questions (always) to come, the power/knowledge dimension underlying the current struggle observable between the two forms of human experience in the public domain, sketch the contents of the issue as a whole, and provide some outline for possible future directions in our work.
Descriptors: Evolution, Student Attitudes, Religion, Sciences, Beliefs, Scientific Concepts, Epistemology, Religious Factors, Role of Religion, World Views, Scientific Enterprise, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Educational Environment, High School Students, Power Structure, Creationism
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Secondary Education
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