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Komplementarność nauki i religii
Complementarity of science and religion

Author(s): Piotr Bylica
Subject(s): Philosophy
Published by: Uniwersytet Warszawski - Wydział Filozofii i Socjologii, Instytut Filozofii
Keywords: science; religion

Summary/Abstract: In my paper I’m going to present and evaluate position that science and religion (Christianity) do not contradict each other and that they rather answer different kinds of questions and solve different problems. Even if they both claim anything about the origin of Universe or human their claims are made from various, independent perspectives. Advocates of complementarity of science and religion state that science is a search for empirical data while religion refers to the domain of values and meaning. In effect they are complementary to each other and their connection gives richer and consistent picture of reality. I agree that there are many problems and questions that are not common to scientific and religious domains, but I’m also going to show that meaning of many religious claims – also the crucial ones – is dependent upon existence of some facts in empirical world included to realm of science. I will also argue that the thesis of complementarity of science and religion is based on discredited neopositivistic picture of science as free from any philosophical commitments.

  • Issue Year: 14/2006
  • Issue No: 1 (53)
  • Page Range: 59-68
  • Page Count: 10
  • Language: Polish