Should we keep them apart as far as possible or is there always a non-avoidable and perhaps even desirable influence? Is there a necessary tension in practice or are they complementary on a personal, social and conceptual level?
Science and religion are often perceived to be in conflict, and, as a consequence, it often seems one is forced to choose between them. Although the idea of an universal conflict between science and Christianity has been debunked by historians many times, many religious believers still feel a tension between science and religion. In this lecture Dr. Taede A. Smedes intends to highlight some of the approaches that have been proposed to ‘harmonize’ science and religion. He will argue that science and religion are often seen to be in conflict because of a tacit misunderstanding of the nature of religion and of religious language and how it relates to a scientific attitude towards the world. Is it necessary to choose between them?
Dr. Taede A. Smedes (Drachten, 1973) is a philosopher of religion and a theologian, specialized in the field of science and religion. He received his PhD in Theology from Groningen University in 2004, and thereafter worked as a postdoc in Leiden, Leuven (Belgium) and Nijmegen. At present he is working as an independent researcher, freelance journalist and writer. He has published several books on issues in science and religion, such as Chaos, Complexity, and God: Divine Action and Scientism (Leuven: Peeters, 2004),; and in Dutch God en de menselijke maat: Gods handelen en het natuurwetenschappelijke wereldbeeld (Zoetermeer: Meinema 2006) and God én Darwin: Geloof kan niet om evolutie heen (Amsterdam: Nieuw Amsterdam 2009).