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Seeking Good Debate"Religion, Science, and Conflict in American Public Life"$
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Michael S. Evans

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780520285071

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520285071.001.0001

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Rethinking Religion and Science

Rethinking Religion and Science

(p.1) Chapter 1 Rethinking Religion and Science
Seeking Good Debate

Michael S. Evans

University of California Press

This introductory chapter presents three underlying assumptions that religion and science share. The first common underlying assumption is that religion and science encounter each other in the public sphere, not across a literal battlefield. The second is that the ideal for such encounters is deliberation or, in other words, that deliberative debate is good debate. The third is that good debate about religion and science is not just interesting in the abstract; it is also important to American society and meaningful to American citizens. The chapter then argues that good debate about religion and science is possible, but it depends on aligning visions of good debate, not on aligning religion and science.

Keywords:   religion, science, public sphere, deliberative debate, good debate, American society, American citizens

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