"Religion and science" as advocacy of science and as religion versus religion

Willem B. Drees*

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Religion and science often is understood as being about the relationship between two given enterprises, religion and science. I argue that it is more accurate to understand religion and science in different contexts differently. (1) It serves as apologetics for science in a religious environment. As apologetics for technology the role of religion-and-science is more ambivalent, as competing and contrary responses to modern technology find articulation in religious terms. (2) In the political context of the modern university, some invoke religion-and-science in arguing for a place of theology alongside the sciences. In this context, secular studies of religion are a major challenge, which is hardly addressed. (3) Within the religious communities, religion-and-science is a battleground between revisionist and traditionalist ways of understanding religion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)545-554
Number of pages10
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Apologetics
  • Intrareligious competition
  • Religion and science
  • Secular study of religion


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