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Assessing the field of science and religion: advice from the next generation

Burdett, Michael S.




© 2017 by the Joint Publication Board of Zygon The field of science and religion is undergoing a transition today requiring assessment of its past movements and identifying its future trajectories by the next generation of science and religion scholars. This essay provides such assessment and advice. To focus efforts on the past, I turn to Ian Barbour's own stock taking of the field some forty years ago in an essay entitled “Science and Religion Today” before giving some personal comments where I argue that much of the field has traditionally focused on the conversation between Christianity and the natural sciences. At present, however, we are beginning to see that the future of the conversation lies beyond the dialogue between the natural sciences and Christianity. I suggest that the future dialogue will and ought to expand in several directions: (1) into non-Christian religions and theology, (2) into the human sciences, (3) into science and technology Studies, and (4) into the humanities more broadly.


Burdett, M. S. (2017). Assessing the field of science and religion: advice from the next generation. Zygon, 52(3), 747-763.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 8, 2017
Online Publication Date Aug 18, 2017
Publication Date 2017-09
Deposit Date Aug 1, 2019
Publicly Available Date Aug 15, 2019
Journal Zygon®
Print ISSN 0591-2385
Electronic ISSN 1467-9744
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 52
Issue 3
Pages 747-763
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Additional Information This is the pre-peer reviewed version of the following article: Burdett, M. S. (2017), ASSESSING THE FIELD OF SCIENCE AND RELIGION: ADVICE FROM THE NEXT GENERATION. Zygon®, 52: 747-763 which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.


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