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Title: Why Science Matters to Theology
Other Titles: 科学は何故神学に必要か
Authors: Williams, Alan P.
ウィリアムス, アラン
Issue Date: Mar-2017
Publisher: 福岡女学院大学 人文学部
Abstract: Research across disciplinary boundaries is a common feature of contemporary academia. Historians scrutinize the works of anthropologists to gain insight into the past and literary critics consult works by sociologists to understand the social context in which novelists write their narratives. Contemporary Christian theology is also marked by its willingness to transcend disciplinary borders to help deepen its understanding of God. Theologians can be seen working in tandem with philosophers or psychologists to help clarify and solve problems that are of mutual concern. The theological rapport with science is another fast-growing trend to the surprise of those who conceive them as mutual enemies. In addition to studying the Bible and the works of the early church fathers for theological insights, more and more theologians are closely examining the discoveries and methods of science to aid their theological work. The apparent value of science for theological inquiry seems a little odd. Science has to do with quantitative measurements and empirical data whereas theology concerns itself with purpose, meaning, and value, among other things. There seems to lack any overlap that makes meaningful dialogue possible. But the dialogue between theology and science is flourishing and shows little sign of abating. Instead of actually engaging in this dialogue, the present study aims to distance itself a little from this intellectual engagement and pose a fundamental question that is not often addressed by the participants, namely why science matters to theology.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/11470/261
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