Philosophical foundations of the dialogue between science and theology

Alexei V. Nesteruk*

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Abstract

The paper discusses the philosophical difficulties in conducting the dialogue between science and theology. It is argued that theology deals with the event-like phenomena which cannot be presented in phenomenality of objects (what happens in science). Correspondingly, in order to incorporate the givens of theology (the “data” of religious experience) into a philosophical framework one needs to extend philosophy beyond its metaphysical and transcendental setting. This extension inevitably leads to the recognition of the fact that the foundation of both science and theology originates in human beings, having an ambiguous position in the universe which cannot be explicated on metaphysical grounds. The phenomenon of man remains inexplicable to man himself thus creating an ultimate reference point of the contingent facticity of both science and theology. The so called dialogue between science and theology demonstrates that the difference in hermeneutics of representation of the world in the phenomenality of objects and the inaugural events of human life and religious experience pertains to the basic characteristic of the human condition and that the intended overcoming of this difference under the disguise of the “dialogue” represents, in fact, an existentially untenable enterprise. Discussions on the differences in experience of the world and experience of God are profoundly timely for further articulation of the sense of the human condition, but not for its change.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)276-298
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Siberian Federal University - Humanities and Social Sciences
Volume11
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 20 Feb 2018

Keywords

  • Anthropology
  • Communion
  • Events
  • Experience
  • Hermeneutics
  • Humanity
  • Life
  • Phenomenality
  • Philosophy
  • Science
  • Theology

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