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Confrontations Between Theists and Atheists
Confrontations Between Theists and Atheists

Author(s): Ludwik Kowalski
Subject(s): Philosophy
Published by: Instytut Filozofii, Uniwersytet Zielonogórski
Keywords: NOMA; Spinoza’s God; theories in science; theories in theology; material reality; spiritual reality; Torah; Reform Judaism; biblical legends; miracles

Summary/Abstract: The commentary focuses on Gould’s idea of NOMA, according to which science and theology are two Non-Overlapping Magisteria. The term “non-overlapping” is appropriate because methods of validation of claims in these two fields of intellectual investigation. are different, not because the areas of investigation should be different. The author was once an active atheist, in Poland; now he is a practicing theist, belonging to a Reform synagogue in the United States. He thinks that Gould’s idea, if universally accepted, could help to reduce intensity of dangerous doctrinal confrontations between theists and atheists, and between different groups of theists. The commentary ends by a quote from a statement about desirable collaboration between religion and science, made by Pope John Paul.

  • Issue Year: 2014
  • Issue No: 11
  • Page Range: 23-28
  • Page Count: 6