Open Access Honors Program Thesis
Religion and science; Evolution--Religious aspects--Christianity; Fundamentalism;
My research into the Christian fundamentalist and scientific worldviews shows that existing hostility between the two can be attributed to extremists on either side. Such polarization can be a hindrance to all involved by inhibiting scientific learning and disregarding valid methods to signify and understand one’s place in the world. I explore each worldview and its validity as well as provide examples of how each can be harmful when taken to the extreme. I then outline philosophies by Stephen Jay Gould, Michael Ruse, Marcus Borg, Karl Popper and others who deny extremism and will allow an individual to find middle ground between these perspectives. The avoidance of polarization will decrease the barriers so apparent today.
Date of Award
Department of Biology
University Honors Designation
A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation University Honors
© 2009 Kassidy K. Lyons
Lyons, Kassidy K., "A light unto our path: Toward a mutual understanding of fundamentalist Christianity and science" (2009). Honors Program Theses. 2.