Science and Religion

  • Beverley C. Southgate
Part of the International Archives of the History of Ideas / Archives Internationales D’Histoire Des Idés book series (ARCH, volume 134)


The perfect conformity of science with religion was, for White, a prerequisite for his resolute stand against scepticism. Science, on the one hand, should consist of certain knowledge — its certainty guaranteed by the acceptance of long established Aristotelian first principles, which were to stand in turn as foundations for a modern superstructure validated by reason and empiricism. Religion, on the other hand, must equally be certain — the guarantee this time deriving from unquestionable Catholic tradition. These two routes to certainty were seen by White as complementary, mutually consistent and mutually supportive; and together they were to provide an impregnable barrier against the challenging inroads of the sceptical philosophy.


Christian Theology Supernatural Explanation Linguistic Difficulty Perfect Conformity Sceptical Philosophy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Beverley C. Southgate
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  1. 1.University of HertfordshireUK

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