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How would you make a case for mutual engagement between science and religion?

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The following is from the August 22, 2009, edition of The Dallas Morning News. Political Science Professor Matthew Wilson of SMU's Dedman College provided expertise for this story.

August 24, 2009

Texas Faith is a weekly discussion that poses questions about religion, politics and culture to a panel of religious leaders. This week's question is: How would you make a case for mutual engagement between science and religion? Here are excerpts from some of this week's answers:

Matthew Wilson, associate professor of political science, Southern Methodist University:

If science and religion fail to engage one another, both are impoverished.

I believe, as many have said, that "all truth is God's truth" – in other words, that everything we discover through science about the nature of humanity, society and the universe helps us better to understand the mystery of God.

At the same time, science should be open to engagement with religion by acknowledging its own limitations.

The scientific method is well suited to answering questions of "what?" and "how?", but not of "why?" and "so what?"

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