Why metaphysics matters for the science-theology debate – an incarnational case study

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Lawson, F. I 2020. Why metaphysics matters for the science-theology debate – an incarnational case study. Studia Philosophiae Christianae. 56 (3), pp. 125-155. https://doi.org/10.21697/spch.2020.56.3.06
AuthorsLawson, F. I
Abstract

This article examines the relationship between science and theology within a critical realist framework. Focusing on the role of metaphysics as a unifying starting point, especially in consideration of theological issues that are concerned with corporeality and temporality (such as in the incarnation). Some metaphysical challenges that lead to the appearance of “paradox” in the incarnation are highlighted, and the implications of two forms of holistic scientific ontology on the appearance of a paradox in the incarnation are explored. It is concluded that ultimately both science and theology are concerned with the nature of reality, and the search for coherent models that can describe the unseen. Whilst one should maintain a criticality to any realist conception of theological and scientific theories, a shared metaphysics ensures theological doctrine can continue to be interpreted with relevance in a world in which scientific thought is increasingly stretching into the meta-scientific.

KeywordsCritical realism; Theology; Science; Paradox
Year2020
JournalStudia Philosophiae Christianae
Journal citation56 (3), pp. 125-155
PublisherPolish Academy of Sciences
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.21697/spch.2020.56.3.06
Official URLhttps://czasopisma.uksw.edu.pl/index.php/spch/article/view/8862
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Accepted30 Jun 2020
Deposited13 Dec 2021
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