Wed FORUM: Rethinking the Discourse on “Religion and Science”, Questioning the Categories of “Religion” and “Science”



The attempt to expand the discourse of science and religion by considering the pluralistic landscape of today’s world requires not only adding new voices from more religious traditions but a rethinking of the basic categories of the discourse, that is, “science,” “religion,” and the notion that the main issue to be investigated is the relationship between the two. Making use of historical studies of science and religion discourse and a case study from Indonesia, this article suggests a rethinking of the categories, including giving more attention to indigenous religions. The presentation will be based on a paper published in Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science [Zygon, vol. 50, no. 2 (June 2015)].


Dr. Zainal Abidin Bagir, is the Director of the Center for Religious and Cross-cultural Studies (CRCS), Graduate School of Gadjah Mada University (GMU), Yogyakarta, Indonesia. He is also a member of the Board of Trustee of Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies (ICRS-Yogya), representing GMU. In 2009 he was appointed as Indonesian Associate for UNESCO Chair in Interreligious and Intercultural Relations—Asia Pacific. Recently he led a research (2008-2009) on four decades of discourse and practice of inter-religious dialogue in Indonesia. At CRCS he teaches Academic Study of Religion, Philosophy of Religion, and Religion, Science and Technology. At the Philosophy Department of GMU he teaches philosophy of science and of technology. He conducts research and writes on subjects related to religion and contemporary issues, with special attention to religion and science and to the Muslim world, and issues on the relation between religious communities.


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