Religion and the Scientific Future Author:Langdon gilkey The role of myth in a scientific culture, and the reasons why our modern technological society requires both myth and theology in order to understand itself and guide its destiny, are explored by Langdon Gilkey in this new book. — Dr. Gilkey discusses how science has changed our attitudes toward religious statements and the traditional sources of... more » Christian belief. The most important change in the last two centuries, he believes, lies in the crucial shift from the belief that religious truths are made up of statements of fact to the understanding of religious truth as a system of symbols.
This reinterpretation of religious language moved theology even further than it had been from the world described by science and history. The old symbols came to seem meaningless and, says the author, eventually led to the death-of-God movement.
Dr. Gilkey proposes other ways of looking at religious discourse within a scientific culture, and shows how it has an essential place in the most ?secular? pursuit. By uncovering the dimension of ultimacy in scientific inquiry itself, he points out some of the important uses of myth for a scientific society, and considers how myth affects the destiny of such a culture.
The book probes the deep and puzzling areas of technology and the assumptions behind man?s growing control of the world, as well as the virtue and wisdom of scientific man.
It demonstrates that while science has transformed much of the essential character of modern mythical language, it has by no means dissolved its own need for this kind of discourse.
The changed attitude toward religious truth opens the way for a new understanding of the mutual influence and interdependence of science and theology. Man still needs, Dr. Gilkey shows, moral standards to judge where his scientific control is leading the world, forgiveness for his mishandling of it, and faith that something in life works for good.« less