Principles for Approaching Faith and Science
The following two principles I find most relevant for approaching faith and science.
1. That scientific and religious thought cannot be exclusive of one another. Instead, they
must have an ongoing dialogue between them and that they should influence one another.
In this way, the author has also rejected NOMA or fideism.
2. Autonomy for both science and religion should be maintained at the same time. This
comes from the peculiar kinds of expertise that both of them have. There is variation,
Albl realizes, in principles, patterns of investigation, its methods of interpretation and
also in the conclusions. Neither should make judgements outside of their own “realm of
competence.” (Albl, 2009).
2. Work of Teilhard and the Concept of NOMA?
The work of Teilhard essentially abnegates the concept of NOMA or non-overlapping
magesteria. He did not believe in the segregation of domains of the science (the empirical) and
that of religion (ultimate meaning and morality). Teilhard de Chardin believed in the role of God
that intervened in evolution – even if subtle. The concept of intelligent design was absent
Teilhard also believes in themes related to evolution, for example a gradual progression
in the faculty of consciousness from invertebrates to fish, amphibia, reptiles, mammals, and in
the end, man. Self conscious thought has set us apart, but according to him, this thought will
concentrate into the Divine Christ-consciousness. Therefore, his is a compromise that
significantly negates NOMA.
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