Not Available for Download

Religion and Science: Beyond the Epistemological Conflict Narrative

Posted: 6 Jun 2008  

John H. Evans

University of California, San Diego (UCSD)

Michael S. Evans

University of California, San Diego (UCSD)

Abstract

Studies of the relationship between religion and science have traditionally assumed that any conflict that exists is based on epistemology. This assumption is built into the history of Western academic thought, the founding of sociology itself, as well as the common definitions of religion used by social scientists. This assumption has hindered the examination of the relationship between religion and science.We categorize studies of the relationship between science and religion into three groups: the symbolic epistemological conflict studies, the symbolic directional influence studies, and the social-institutional studies.We find that the social-institutional studies, which most closely examine actual public conflicts, do not presume that the conflict is over epistemological claims and offer a more general and fruitful approach to examining the relationship between religion and science.

Keywords: secularization, rationality, STS, institutions, values

Suggested Citation

Evans, John H. and Evans, Michael S., Religion and Science: Beyond the Epistemological Conflict Narrative. Annual Review of Sociology, Vol. 34, August 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1142046

John H. Evans (Contact Author)

University of California, San Diego (UCSD) ( email )

9500 Gilman Drive
Mail Code 0502
La Jolla, CA 92093-0112
United States

Michael S. Evans

University of California, San Diego (UCSD) ( email )

9500 Gilman Drive
Mail Code 0502
La Jolla, CA 92093-0112
United States

Paper statistics

Abstract Views
449