Science, Values and Loves: Theologies as Expressive Constructions

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Invited to write “a manifesto for [my] own theological position”, I begin with science and human rights as excellent examples of universalist aspirations of modernity. Modern individualism is important too, as particular existential loves shape each life. Science, morality, and personal loves are interwoven in theologies, as creative constructions. The sciences are important, as we need not only individual authenticity but also accountability. My position presented here is science-inspired naturalistic theism. It is not “religious naturalism”, given the categorical difference between facts and values. It is not “natural theology”, as inductive approaches do not reach that far. It comes closer to a “theology of nature”, but it does not assume the epistemic claims involved. I consider theologies to be important expressive constructions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)249-259
Number of pages11
JournalTheology and Science
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 19 Jun 2017


  • agnost
  • expressive construction
  • Harry Frankfurt
  • Clifford Geertz
  • loves
  • modernity
  • science
  • theology
  • values
  • Susan Wolf


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