Theology, Metaphysics, and Science: Twenty-First Century Hermeneutical Allies, Strangers, or Enemies?


This article answers the question of whether the study of theology and metaphysics can be classified currently, or ever qualify in the future, as a scientific endeavor. Rather than choose a particular theology or metaphysics as the subject of inquiry, this essay argues that it is not only necessary to recognize the role of hermeneutics within different fields of study, but that it is also necessary to begin a human hermeneutic with human experience. Changes in our global context, whether social, economic, political, or environmental, are important drivers of hermeneutical evolution. We should expect no less change in the areas of theology, metaphysics, and science. The question of truth, whether subjective or objective, is a hermeneutical one.

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Theology and Metaphysics as Scientific Endeavors.Kirk R. MacGregor - 2019 - Socio-Historical Examination of Religion and Ministry 1 (2):275-289.

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Comparative Metaphysics and Theology as a Scientific Endeavor: A Ruist (Confucian) Perspective.Bin Song - 2019 - Socio-Historical Examination of Religion and Ministry 1 (2):203-224.

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