Theme 6: Science and Religion

The aim of theme six is to identify and understand contemporary conceptions of how science and religion are related and the impact of each on the other. How, in other words, should we understand the relationship between two powerful cultural forces and how do they shape worldviews in a pluralistic and global society?

Religions have traditionally played an important role in the shaping of worldviews. Since the scientific revolution the sciences have at least partially replaced this role. In late modern societies, however, the modernist idea of science as a basis for the prevailing worldviews is challenged anew by religion, as a re-instated factor in social life, as well as by relativism or postmodernism. This calls for new studies on how the worldviews of late modern people are established, and what part science and religion play in this process. Does science still provide a strong, unifying and normative basis for the formation of worldviews in a global and plural world, or is it becoming increasingly marginalised? Can we see the emergence of new conceptions of science, replacing the modernist idea of a value-free science, summarised in unifying and consistent theories? If so, what forms do these take?

Theme Leader: Mikael Stenmark
Deputy Theme Leader: Ulf Zackariasson

Work Packages

6.1 The Crisis of Truth: From Relativsim to Scientism
6.2 Science in the Formation of Worldviews
6.3 Customized Science? The Role of Religions and Worldviews in Scientific Contexts 
6.4 The Role of Science in Public Debate on Religion 
6.5 Relativism as a Challenge for Theology, Law, Social and Natural Sciences 
6.6 Cusanus. Science and Faith – A Platform for Dialogue and Education in Sweden

Publications Theme 6
The list contains publications by researchers active in the Impact programme.