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Chapter-25 The “Warfare Thesis” between Science and Religion in Contemporary Times

BOOK TITLE: Science and Religion-Synergy not Skepticism

Author
1. Pramenković Almir
ISBN
9789352702756
DOI
10.5005/jp/books/18046_26
Edition
1/e
Publishing Year
2018
Pages
8
Author Affiliations
1. Islamic Community in Serbia, Faculty of Islamic Studies, Novi Pazar, Serbia
Chapter keywords
Science, religion, warfare model, initial observation, philosophical objection, scientific method, Darwinian theory

Abstract

The question of science and religion has been a vexing one for at least the past one hundred and fifty. Perhaps the most dominant image has been the conflict or “warfare model”. This model has helped create a gap, confusion and much misunderstanding among believers and nonbelievers alike on the question of science and religion. Roughly, the conflict model states that the science and religion in mutually opposed to each other; one cannot be both a believer and a scientist. Science always triumphs over religion. Whereas, science is predicated upon reason, observation, facts; religion is subjective, unreasonable, and is based upon conjecture, faith, and cannot be tested. This chapter covers the initial observation, narrative of the “warfare model”, and philosophical objections to “warfare model”.

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