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Goodenough, U. W. (1994). What science can and cannot offer to a religious narrative. Zygon, 29(3), 321-330. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9744.1994.tb00670.x
A molecular/cell biologist offers perspectives on the contributions that the scientific worldview might and might not make to religious though. It is argued that two essential features of institutionalized religions–their historical context and their supernatural orientation—are not addressed by the sciences, nor can the sciences contribute to the art and ritual that elicit states of faith and transcendence. The sciences have, however, important stories (myths) to offer, stories that have the potential to unify us, to tell us what is sacred, what has meaning, and how we might best proceed.
This paper, in slightly different form, was first presented before the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Boston, Mass., on 13 February 1993.
Goodenough, Ursula W., "What Science Can and Cannot Offer to a Religious Narrative" (1994). Biology Faculty Publications & Presentations. 98.