Modern Science and Religion: Are They Mutually Exclusive?
• German Research Foundation (DFG)
Since the 12th century, the conflict between science and religion has been discussed time and again at universities and in the public sphere. Some representatives of enlightened reason claim that science must necessarily be atheistic and critical of religion. Conversely, some religious people perceive scientific rationality as a threat to their religious beliefs. In many European countries, however, these debates are significantly different from current discourse in the U.S. In this Leibniz Lecture, Friedrich Wilhelm Graf addressed different views on the relationship between religion and science in the United States and Germany. Graf advocates an interpretation which emphasizes both the manifold interactions between science and religious issues, as well as the respective autonomy of either realm.