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4.0 out of 5 stars An Almost Self-Evident Principle Well Treated, October 14, 2000
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Steven Gould treats the long-standing problem of the relation between science and religion in this book. The author explores the contemporary principle he calls NOMA, which is an acronym of Non-Overlapping Magisteria. A magisterium represents a domain of authority in teaching. The NOMA principle is that the magisterium of science and that of religion do not overlap, because the two magisteria cover different realms of empirical facts and moral value. This might seem to some readers almost self-evident. Describing the historical and psychological bases extensively, however, Gould elaborates the above concept so deeply and persuasively that even such readers will find the reading of this book rewarding. Especially this is a must read for those who are on either side of the debate of evolution versus creation in education.
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Initial post: May 31, 2014 11:17:14 AM PDT
Anonymous says:
"An Almost Self-Evident Principle"

Hilarious nonsense.

"A magisterium represents a domain of authority in teaching."

Riiight. So what?

"The NOMA principle is that the magisterium of science and that of religion do not overlap"

Well, that's all fine and good, but you should tell that to the pastors and politicians who reject scientific reality.

"because the two magisteria cover different realms of empirical facts and moral value."

Nah. Religion has NO "empirical facts". And religious claims for "moral values" are not really based on anything but claims of authority. So they are simply REJECTED!

"Especially this is a must read for those who are on either side of the debate of evolution versus creation in education."

Hilarious. There is NO SUCH DEBATE! There is the scientific fact of evolution and there is the religious denial of reality.

In reply to an earlier post on May 31, 2014 5:42:43 PM PDT
Thanks for your kind comment. You pointed out what I missed to see and write.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 24, 2014 5:03:07 PM PDT
Satakieli1 says:
This is simply rude. It adds nothing to the discussion.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 28, 2014 11:33:50 AM PDT
Anonymous says:
"It adds nothing to the discussion."

Hilarious. What discussion? There is science and there is religious nonsense. What needs to be discussed?
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