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dc.contributor.advisorDawes, Gregory
dc.contributor.advisorMaclaurin, James
dc.contributor.authorSmith, Timothy Alexander
dc.date.available2017-10-31T22:31:38Z
dc.date.copyright2017
dc.identifier.citationSmith, T. A. (2017). Science and Religion: A Conflict of Methods (Thesis, Doctor of Philosophy). University of Otago. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10523/7668en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10523/7668
dc.description.abstractThere is an epistemological conflict between religion and science. While the claims of science are justified using epistemic methods whose reliability has been corroborated by other people and by other methods, the claims of religion are not justified in the same way. Different methods are used. This thesis offers both a comprehensive description of the distinctive epistemic methods of religion and a philosophical appraisal of the claim that such methods are knowledge-conferring. The methods explored are various and care has been taken to sample a broad range of religious cultures. It is found that the same religious methods, when used to answer the same questions, generate different answers for different practitioners. Additionally, the results of religious methods fail to agree with the results of other epistemic methods when employed independently. This lack of independent agreement is the primary reason for the exclusion of religious methods from science. It is further argued that (a) this lack of agreement is evidence that religious methods are unreliable, and (b) the agreement generated by scientific methods is evidence for their reliability.
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dc.publisherUniversity of Otago
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dc.subjectscience and religion
dc.subjectPhilosophy of religion
dc.subjectmethodological naturalism
dc.subjectfaith
dc.subjectCreationism
dc.subjectmysticism
dc.subjectscientific realism
dc.subjectsupernatural claims
dc.subjectreligious disagreement
dc.subjectreligious diversity
dc.subjectstudy of religion
dc.titleScience and Religion: A Conflict of Methods
dc.typeThesis
dc.date.updated2017-10-31T21:55:18Z
dc.language.rfc3066en
thesis.degree.disciplinePhilosophy
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophy
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Otago
thesis.degree.levelDoctoral
otago.openaccessOpen
otago.evidence.presentYes
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