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Piotr Bylica

Regularity Statements in Science and Religion (2020)

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Przedruk z: Michael Fuller, Dirk Evers, Anne Runehov, Knut-Willy Sather, and Bernard Michollet (eds.), Nature and Beyond: Transcendence and Immanence in Science and Religion, Studies in Science & Theology, Vol. 17, ESSSAT, Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, Halle 2020, s. 237-249.

Summary:

Both science and religion contain regularity statements. Scientific laws and theories constitute scientific regularity statements used to describe or explain the regularities encountered in nature. In religion there are some regularity statements that describe rules of the actions of supernatural factors in the world. Examples from Christian theism as well as Shamanism and Hindu classical system of yoga are analysed, and on this basis scientific and religious regularity statements are compared. It is shown that the only real difference between scientific and religious regularity statements is that religion, contrary to science, refers to supernatural factors, whereas science, in keeping with the assumption of methodological naturalism, cannot take into account such factors in the explanations provided.

Keywords: science and religion, laws of nauture, Shamanism, yoga, Christian theism, miracles, naturalism.

Published on webpage: 27 June 2020.

 

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