Dec. 1, 2006
Little Theater, Quad 346, SJU
The Search for Truth as a Response to Naturalism: Are Science and Theology Joined at the Hip?
Naturalism is the claim that the natural sciences alone produce genuine knowledge or, at the very least, the only knowledge worth having. This notion pervades much of modern thinking and marginalizes religious experience, theology and much of philosophy. What responses can be made that both honor the achievements of modern science and respect the type of knowledge claimed by religion and theology? This session will briefly examine the claims of the naturalists (e.g. Richard Dawkins, Loyal Rue) and the responses of philosophers and theologians (e.g. A. N. Whitehead, John Haught), and invite discussion on the significance of human consciousness and its interminable search for truth.