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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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Potential Encounters

Potential Encounters

Origins of Homosexuality and Environmental Policy

(p.41) Chapter 3 Potential Encounters
Seeking Good Debate

Michael S. Evans

University of California Press

This chapter examines debates over the origins of homosexuality and environmental policy, in which encounters between religion and science might conceivably occur. Debates over the origins of homosexuality is “science and everything else,” with science talk confined to internal argument among scientists over genetic sources of homosexuality. Meanwhile, debate over environmental policy is “religion and everything else,” with religion talk confined to internal argument among evangelical Christians about whether or not to engage in political activism. The chapter then argues that the pattern of separation between religion and science occurs broadly across debates. With very few exceptions, religion and science are separate in public debates.

Keywords:   homosexuality, environmental policy, science talk, religion talk, political activism

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