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Thursday, November 25, 2004


The compatibility of scientific literacy and faith

posted by Aziz P. at Thursday, November 25, 2004 permalink View blog reactions
I'm fully aware that my last post was somewhat uncharacteristically strident. Do read the updates to that post for some responses to good critiques I received. However, it did provide a starting point for the next Dean Nation "theme" - the neccessary compatibility of scientific literacy with religious belief. Here's the two main principles at play:

1. religious teachings have no place in a science curriculum. In a school setting, religious beliefs belong in religion or cultural classes, not biology or geology.

2. religious beliefs shoudl not be excluded from the public sphere, but shoudl occupy their proper position within it. A strong distinction must be made between evidence-based approaches to inquiry (such as Science) and faith-based-approaches to inquiry (such as Religion).

I'd also like to plug these old posts of mine that relates to the discussion:


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