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Modernity, Science, and the Making of Religion: A Critical Analysis of a Modern Dichotomy

Abstract This project examines and challenges the West's generally accepted two category approach to the world's belief systems. That is, it will deconstruct the religion / science `paradigm' that has developed over the past two centuries. It will argue that the dichotomy between the two categories was created by modernity for the purpose of establishing an exclusive view believed to be based on knowledge. This exclusive view, philosophical naturalism (science), was set in opposition to all alternative views identified as religion. As the exclusive view, though constructed on a defective foundation of knowledge, philosophical naturalism, nonetheless, became the privileged interpreter and explainer of reality in the academy of the Wes... (more)
Created Date 2014
Contributor Tussing, Rodney Wayne (Author) / Cady, Linell (Advisor) / Anderson, Owen (Committee member) / Cady, Linell (Committee member) / Gereboff, Joel (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Philosophy of Religion / Philosophy / Religion
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 192 pages
Language English
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Note Masters Thesis Religious Studies 2014
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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