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Two basic approaches to reducing the perceived religion/science conflict are: a) to alter either religious teachings or scientific theories, or b) to create a better understanding of the differences between science and religion. For example, an attempt to reduce perceived conflict through the use of new scientific data has been made by R. W. Sperry, whose discussion of the religious implications of recent developments in cognitive psychology is presented here, along with some related developments in an area called "chaos." It is argued that these developments do not support religious concepts. However, they may serve as a source of analogies or new ways of thinking to aid in the understanding of religious concepts.
Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion © 1991 Society for the Scientific Study of Religion