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Faith reason and dialogue

Yves Gingras: Science and religion: an impossible dialogue. Maiden, MA: Polity Books, July 2017, 272 pp, $26.95 PB
  • Menachem FischEmail author
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Of the many issues raised by Yves Gingras’s hard-hitting Science and Religion, I wish to briefly respond to three: the distinction he draws between faith and reason; his notion of dialogue; and the profound debt modern science owes to Christianity, of which he remains oblivious.

Faith versus reason

Gingras rightly distinguishes reason from the kind of unquestioned conviction he terms faith. However, he writes as if to be deemed rational, science is obliged to rest on reason alone. This, I believe, is a grave mistake. In verb form, “to reason” is to infer logically, which when upheld as a standard, implies a commitment to follow through one’s endorsements to their logical conclusions and to maintain the body of one’s beliefs as a logically consistent whole. Rationality, however, demands more than a commitment to logical completeness and consistency.

Here, the noun-form of “reason” is crucial. To act rationally is not merely to reason logically in acting, but to have reason foracting....

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and IdeasTel Aviv UniversityTel AvivIsrael

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