God’s world and man becoming: how can science possibly help us transcend dogmatism?
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This is a clear statement made by Alfred North Whitehead in his Religion in the Making. In order to understand it fully, we must first see how, according to Whitehead, science, religion and metaphysics are related and interact. Then we will have to turn to the meaning of dogma and dogmatism. So we are preparing ourselves to see how the metamorphosis of science, which is taking place before our eyes, may help us to transcend a certain kind of dogmatism, i.e. to transcend a certain way of expressing what is disclosed in religious experience in a dogmatic formula, which by necessity is borrowed from a metaphysical and cosmological framework that is no longer our own. Finally I will give a contemporary, concrete example, which is more illuminating than bare methodological assertions.
KeywordsReligious Experience Language Game Human Interest Religious Believer Dialectical Materialist
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