Scientific Thinking and Religious Belief

 ONLY USE Ian G. Barbour, when science meets religion Phillip Clayton, religion and science the basics as the sources Capitalism & the Scientific Process Theologian John Milbank writes: “…there is a homonymity here between science, which helps to make capitalism profitable, and capitalism, which constantly invests in science. Both the capitalist and the scientific process shun merely closed systems; their shared interest in power means that they cannot rest content with existing modes of control, but must encourage a random inventiveness, which they can, according to the rules of their own language-games, always recruit to their own interest. This is because both science and capitalism make only one meaning publicly count: the meaning of power. All kinds of theories, products, interests—the origin of the universe, the question of human kinship with animals, love of the beautiful, humanitarian concern, faster transport—may provide power, in the end, with a greater repertoire, resourcefulness and flexibility.” Produce an essay in which you: Interpret the meaning of this quote. State how Philip Clayton, in the book “Religion and Science: The Basics,” would evaluate the truth claims made in the quotation. Detail whether or not the quote implies atheism/metaphysical materialism or whether it can be reconciled with theism/metaphysical immaterialism. Discuss how Ian Barbour’s typology shapes your own evaluation of Milbank’s assessment of the relationship between capitalism and science. Provide examples from the course materials, e.g. documentaries, handouts, lecture notes…etc., which might help to strengthen your essay. NOTE: be explicit about the moral vision that you hold, i.e., teleological, deontological or areteological.

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