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date: 23 February 2019

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The relationship between religion and science was a prominent theme in the formative period of sociology as a discipline. This article examines recent attempts by scientists and religious scholars to delineate the potential for a relationship between the two in the vastly different context of modern society, and what kind of relationship might be a fitting one. While maintaining that there are strong grounds for thinking that the relationship will inevitably be hostile – regardless of whether the type of religion in question is fundamentalist, conservative, or liberal – the discussion notes that recent research has identified a tendency among the young to believe that an accommodation between the two is a possibility.

Keywords: sociology, modern society, science–religion relation, mutual hostility, fundamentalism

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