This paper was originally delivered at the Templeton Symposium,„Science and Religion: Two Ways of Experiencing and Interpreting the World”organized by Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science and the Chicago Center for Religion and Science, 31 August-2 September 1993. This symposium and its publication were made possible through the generosity of the John Templeton Foundation.
ECOLOGY AND ESCHATOLOGY: SCIENCE AND THEOLOGICAL MODELING
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Volume 29, Issue 4, pages 529–545, December 1994
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Klink, W. H. (1994), ECOLOGY AND ESCHATOLOGY: SCIENCE AND THEOLOGICAL MODELING. Zygon, 29: 529–545. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9744.1994.tb00689.x
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- scientific models;
- theological models
Abstract. The possibility of in-breakings of God in science is discussed. A realist philosophy of science is used as a framework in which new paradigms are seen as providing ever better approximations to the true underlying structure of nature, which will be revealed in the eschaton. It is argued that ecology–the study of the earth as a whole–cannot be treated as a natural science because there can be no paradigms for understanding the earth as a whole. Instead technology is used as a means for interacting with God through nature.