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Everyday Practice of ScienceWhere Intuition and Passion Meet Objectivity and Logic$
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Frederick Grinnell

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195064575

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195064575.001.0001

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More Than One Way to Practice the World

(p.159) 6 FAITH
Everyday Practice of Science

Frederick Grinnell

Oxford University Press

Implicit in human experience are potential insights about how to control the world (the scientific attitude) and about the meaning and purpose of the individual and of life (the religious attitude). Scientific and religious attitudes depend on different types of faith. Science requires faith in the uniformity and continuity of shared sensory space — faith that nature's patterns and structures can be understood (“intelligible design”). Religion requires faith in starting assumptions from outside of shared sensory space — belief in an unseen order to which the individual seeks harmonious adjustment. The scientific attitude defers unchangeable Truth to the future, while the religious attitude unconditionally accepts certain Truths in the present. Scientific and religious attitudes exhibit complementarity — two distinct domains of knowledge that cannot be seen, inferred, or negated from the other's perspective and that merge into a dynamic, holistic framework not possible to resolve further, offering different answers to fundamental questions about the self and the world.

Keywords:   attitude, complementarity, faith, holistic, life, meaning, religion, science, truth, world

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