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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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The Future of Religion and Science in American Public Life

The Future of Religion and Science in American Public Life

(p.170) Chapter 10 The Future of Religion and Science in American Public Life
Seeking Good Debate

Michael S. Evans

University of California Press

This chapter argues that good debate about religion and science is possible. As it stands, public debates in which religion and science are involved are simply not very good on any account. Problems plaguing public debate about science and religion are deep-seated. There are problems not only of substantive conflict but also of normative conflict. Moreover, while there are identifiably different limits on future possibilities for religion and science to be involved in the public sphere, the root causes of problems lie in the structure of American public life and in the institutional histories that produce different versions of public credibility. Ultimately, the shared commitment to good debate offers hope for shared future.

Keywords:   good debate, religion, science, public debates, substantive conflict, normative conflict, American public life, public credibility

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