ANALYTIC SCIENCE-ENGAGED THEOLOGY
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Name der Publikation: ANALYTIC SCIENCE-ENGAGED THEOLOGY
Veranstaltende Institution: TheoLogica An International Journal for Philosophy of Religion and Philosophical Theology
Analytic theology and Science-Engaged Theology are two of the most exciting movements within theology in recent years. Both are interdisciplinary endeavours that seek to use the tools and insights from others sub-disciplines (areas of analytic philosophy and the natural sciences, respectively) in the service of theology. Analytic theology and science-engaged theology both maintain the primacy and integrity of the theological task, whilst simultaneously inviting other disciplines to enrich theological reflection, criticism, and declaration. What these recent trends show is that theologians no longer need to (if they ever did) fear forms of rationalism or empiricism that, in previous generations, have been used to exclude theological discourse from the public square or academic University. It is clearly the case that theologians have long appealed to reason and experience as sources for theological reflection and correction. But in analytic theology and science-engaged theology, we can see that theologians can also use (as well as critique) the highly constrained, specialised, and systematised forms of reasoning and evidencing that is found in analytic philosophy and the natural sciences. Analytic theology and science-engaged theology are in this sense complementary movements that signal that theology has now reached a kind of quiet confidence that does not need to fight, flee or submit to other forms of inquiry.