Title

Scientific and Religious Convergence Toward an Environmental Typology? A Search for Scientific Constructs in Papal and Episcopal Documents

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1999

Publication Source

Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion

Volume

38

Issue

1

Inclusive pages

45-58

ISBN/ISSN

00218294

Abstract

Although scientific and religious prespectives often give different interpretations of physical phenomena, there are indications of a shared concern for understanding human-environment relations. Biological, social, and behavioral sciences provide constructs for a typology to describe and interpret human-environment relations. Using the typology to analyze recent Catholic papal and episcopal documents concerning human-environment relations suggests overlap as well as differences in the use of scientific constructs. The main difference is the relative absence of two biological constructs in the Catholic documents, carrying capacity and population, that may affect possible convergences of scientific and religious environmental understanding.

Keywords

science, religion, Nature, human beings, environment, Catholics, population

Disciplines

Political Science

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