The Threefold and Circular Nature of Science and Religion
Whenever we discuss the relations between science and religion we are sure to encounter the troublesome word theology. Many people react to it just as they do to the words creed and revelation. They think of it as a boring and irrelevant enterprise in verbal hair splitting, as the attempt to dogmatize in the worst possible sense and to rationalize and perpetuate fossilized ideas and prejudices. They regard the truth claims of theology as preposterous. Perhaps they have read about warfare not only between science and religion, but more specifically between science and theology,1 and have concluded that it is theology that has caused all the troubles in this area.