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Turning a Critical Eye on Science and Religion: Theological Assumptions and Soteriological Rhetoric

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The aim of this paper is to offer a critical evaluation of the field of “science and religion” through a brief description of its academic evolution, of the kind of scholars involved in it, and the publications belonging to it. Some elements of this discourse will be highlighted and criticized, namely a number of eurocentric theological assumptions, and what I will define as a “soteriological rhetoric” which serves as a legitimating device for the field, both ubiquitously employed in the work of the scholars involved in the field. I will argue, moreover, that such a rhetoric is the direct product of confessional interests, which disguise the field’s theological apologetical aims with appeals to the universal welfare of an ethnocentrically limited conception of “humanity.”

Affiliations: 1: Department of Study of Religions School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, Email:


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