Science and religion: The categorial conflict

Holtzman, Seth
October 2003
International Journal for Philosophy of Religion;Oct2003, Vol. 54 Issue 2, p77
Academic Journal
This article focuses on the so-called ever-increasing categorial conflict between science and religion. This categorical conflict is argued as a logical tension. Our scientific beliefs and scientific concepts presuppose categorial commitments in the form of concepts and beliefs. Similarly, religious beliefs and religious concepts presuppose a different and incompatible set of categorial commitments. Some naturalists are willing to reject the claim that naturalism is a true philosophical theory, claiming that it can be judged only on whether it helps pragmatically with human survival. According to a recent groundswell of opinion there is no real logical conflict after all. This article examines that denial and contends, on the contrary, that there are logical conflicts to be felt, the most important of which is between commitment to the philosophical categories of modem scientific thought and commitment to the philosophical categories of religious thought.


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