Sacred Science?

On science and its interrelations with religious worldviews

  • Simen Andersen Øyen
  • Tone Lund-Olsen
  • Nora Sørensen Vaage

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-15
  2. Simen Andersen Øyen, Nora Sørensen Vaage, Tone Lund-Olsen
    Pages 17-24
  3. Gunnar Skirbekk
    Pages 25-40
  4. Cathrine Holst
    Pages 41-54
  5. Roger Strand
    Pages 55-64
  6. Ragnar Fjelland
    Pages 87-100
  7. Barbara Herrnstein Smith
    Pages 101-110
  8. Kjetil Rommetveit
    Pages 111-126
  9. Jeffrey C. Alexander
    Pages 141-148
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 149-150

About this book


Science and religion are often viewed as dichotomies. But although our contemporary society is often perceived as a rationalization process, we still need broad, metaphysical beliefs outside of what can be proven empirically. Rituals and symbols remain at the core of modern life. Do our concepts of science and religion require revitalization? Can science itself be considered a religion, a belief, or an ideology? Science's authority and prestige allows for little in the way of alternate approaches not founded in empirical science. It is not unusual to believe that technology and science will solve the world's fundamental problems. Has truth been colonized by science? Have scientific disciplines become so specialized and "operationally closed" that they have constructed barriers to other disciplines as well as the general public? The writers of this book set out to investigate whether the symbols of academia may in some cases take on a quality of sacrality, whether the rule of experts can be said to have the character of a "priesthood of knowledge", whether religion has a place in scientific contexts, and a selection of other questions concerning science and its relations to religious belief.

Editors and affiliations

  • Simen Andersen Øyen
    • 1
  • Tone Lund-Olsen
    • 1
  • Nora Sørensen Vaage
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre for the Study of the Sciences and the Humanities (SVT)University of BergenNorway

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