Advancing Behaviorism in a Judeo-Christian Culture

Suggestions for Finding Common Ground
  • Chad M. Galuska


The relationship between science and religion has been described as warfare (Draper, 1874/1897; White, 1896/1960). This characterization is undoubtedly too strong. Indeed, Gould (1999) has argued that it is false, fueled more by political agendas than historical fact. Nevertheless, it is undeniable that conflicts between science and religion have occurred, and often have been well publicized. The trial of Galileo in 1633 is perhaps the prime example of the persecution of science by a dogmatic theology. Three centuries later, opposition to Darwinian thought resulted in the media circus surrounding the Scopes vs. Tennessee (1925) trial. Today, fundamentalist Christians in some parts of the United States continue to oppose the teaching of evolution in public schools, and new conflicts are emerging where science has outpaced the current system of ethics, such as in the case of human cloning.


Moral Responsibility Behavior Analysis Behavior Analyst Ethical System Positive Reinforcer 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chad M. Galuska
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyWest Virginia UniversityMorguntownUSA

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