Theology and Metaphysics as Scientific Endeavors

Kirk R. MacGregor

Vol. 1, No. 2

Fall 2019

Pages: 275-289

Theology and Metaphysics as Scientific Endeavors

DOI: 10.33929/sherm.2019.vol1.no2.09

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Theology, Metaphysics, Science, Knowledge, Cultural Comparison, Kirk R. MacGregor, Physical Sciences, Social Comparison

This article contends that theology is a scientific endeavor if it 1) makes correlations between humanity’s deepest existential questions and the answers provided by any given religious tradition and/or 2) it describes the beliefs and practices of various religious traditions as accurately as possible. The correlations in methodology are made by psychology, sociology, anthropology, and/or neurobiology. The descriptions in method are also collectively furnished by archaeology, history, psychology, sociology, anthropology, and other cognate disciplines. The article further maintains that metaphysics is a scientific endeavor if it explains 3) the constituent elements of reality as a whole, as well as 4) explains the presuppositions used to detect these elements. I take a scientific endeavor as one that requires empirical and/or logical verification of its claims. Since my conceptions of theology and metaphysics demand such verification, they should be considered scientific.

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