chapter  XI
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Interactions of Faiths and Myths

Throughout this book we have stressed the idea that to understand science-and religion for that matter-in all aspects of its nature and significance, one must think of it not only in terms of ideas, but of human relations and values. Consistent with this point of view, we early in our argument emphasized the fact that science involves not only knowledge, but faith-in nature, in certain intellectual procedures (scientific method), and in the science community. Now, having in the preceding chapter considered the interactions between the conceptual understandings of science and of its environment, we should extend the analysis to take into account those involving their faiths. In the great maze of communal and cultural interrelations not only are men’s knowledge and understandings operative, but so are their confidence, commitments, and loyalties.