From Authority to Authenticity: IRAS and Zygon in New Contexts

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In the 60 years since IRAS was founded, and the 50 years since Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science started, science has developed enormously. More important, though less obvious, the character of religion has changed, at least in Western countries. Church membership has gone down considerably. This is not due to arguments, for example, about science and atheism, but reflects a change in sources of authority. Rather than the traditional and communal authority, an individualism that emphasizes “authenticity” characterizes religion and spirituality in our time. Less extensive but similar is the loss of authority with respect to science. As a consequence, “religion and science” might seek to provide attractive constructive proposals for visions that integrate an ethos and a worldview. IRAS might contribute by providing a platform for information and the exchange of proposals for a particular audience, while Zygon serves a global and diverse audience with well-researched articles.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)439-454
Number of pages16
JournalZygon: Journal of Religion and Science
Issue number2
Early online date10 May 2015
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2015


  • authenticity
  • authority
  • IRAS
  • religion
  • science
  • science and religion
  • secularization
  • Zygon


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