November 13, 2018
Haines 279

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John Evans (UCSD): "The Public's Views of the Relationship Between Religion and Science- and the Resulting Disconnect With Social Sciences and the Humanities"

In this talk I examine recent sociological research on the relationship between religion and science for the public. This research suggests that while religion may have at one time been concerned with fact claims in the natural world that could be contradicted by science, it largely is no longer. This post-1960s development has coincided with the rise of moral conflict between religious traditions and science. However, social science and humanities research on this relationship largely assumes that religion and science are epistemic – not moral – systems, and thus misunderstands the situation in the public.