Turning Barbour’s Model Inside Out: On Using Popular Culture to Teach About Science and Religion

  • Tuomas W. ManninenEmail author
Part of the Contemporary Trends and Issues in Science Education book series (CTISE, volume 48)


Although Ian Barbour’s model for outlining the science-religion relationship is probably the best known taxonomy, it also faces substantial criticism. I offer a qualified defence of the continuing usefulness of Barbour’s taxonomy as a starting point for exploring the science-religion relationship. To achieve this, I outline a method for illustrating Barbour’s taxonomy by using the recent Disney/Pixar film Inside Out in a reciprocal manner: as an upshot, the message of the movie can be employed for modifying some aspects of the taxonomy.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Humanities, Arts, and Cultural StudiesArizona State UniversityGlendaleUSA

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