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Dissenting Viewpoints discussed in a German Journal

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The latest edition of the german journal “Religion-Staat-Gesellschaft/Journal for the Study of Beliefs and Worldviews” (Jg.7 (2006), Nr.2) holds the focus on Intelligent Design & Evolution. ID-proponents and evolution-critics got a good chance to present and defend their viewpoints. Although the journal is dedicated to the study of worldviews and their roles in society there was also space to present scientific arguments and facts. The broad content includes a sociological analysis concerning the (largely negative) media coverage of ID in the german speaking area (Schmidt) and even a direct debate between ID-proponents (Lönnig/Meis) and critics (Gutmann/Warnecke).

RSG 2/2006

Papers

Robert Schmidt, “Götter und Designer bleiben draußen” – Eine kritische Diskursanalyse der Medienberichterstattung zu Intelligent Design im deutschsprachigen Raum p135-184

Hans Peter Comes, The Synthetic Neo-Darwinian Theory of Evolution and its Legacies on Research in Modern Evolutionary Biology p185-202

Stephen C. Meyer, A Scientific History – and Philosophical Defense – of the Theory of Intelligent Design p203-248

Markus Rammerstorfer, Intelligent Design – jenseits des Schlagwortes p249-270

Mathias Gutmann / Willem Warnecke, Liefert “Intelligent Design” wissenschaftliche Erklärungen? Methodologische Bemerkungen zu einem unklaren Verhältnis (Erste Diskussionsrunde) p271-288

Wolf-Ekkehard Lönnig / Frieder Meis, Intelligent Design (ID) liefert wissenschaftliche Erklärungen. Methodologische Bemerkungen zu einem klaren Verhältnis (Erste Diskussionsrunde) p289-318

Mathias Gutmann / Willem Warnecke, ID – oder wie die Sprache feiert (Zweite Diskussionsrunde) p319-330

Wolf-Ekkehard Lönnig / Frieder Meis, Intelligent Design ist eine wissenschaftliche Theorie (Zweite Diskussionsrunde) 331-342

Mathias Gutmann / Willem Warnecke, Der Schuster bleibe bei seinen Leisten (Dritte Runde) p343-344

Wolf-Ekkehard Lönnig / Frieder Meis, Intelligent Design als integraler Bestandteil der modernen Biologie (Dritte Runde) p345-348

Klaus Wittlich, Muster und Entwurfsmuster in Softwareentwicklung und Biologie – Kriterien zur Erkennbarkeit von intelligenten Ursprüngen p349-362

Reinhard Junker, Macht das Ähnlichkeitsmuster der Lebewesen nur Sinn im Licht der Evolution? p363-388

Harald Binder / Siegfried Scherer / Peter Imming, Was ist über die Entstehung des Lebens bekannt? p389-416

6 Replies to “Dissenting Viewpoints discussed in a German Journal

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    DLH says:

    The Journal is both German/English.
    It offers a free trial edition.
    Its web site is available German & English (mostly.)
    http://www.duncker-humblot.de/.....38;mnu=200
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    Release period 2 x jährlich
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    Alle Preise sind unverbindliche Preisempfehlungen und verstehen sich zzgl. Versandkosten. Die Abbestellungen von Abonnements müssen 6 Wochen vor Jahresende erfolgen.
    ISSN 1438-955X
    The journal investigates the phenomenon of religious and worldview convictions in their social and cultural contexts, extending beyond periods of time, national boundaries, and disciplines. What influence do religions have on cultural and political developments and in which societies? How is this influence to be interpreted (political religion – religious politics)? Studies comparing different religions are to bring out analogies and differences.

    Both “world religions” and smaller denominations shall be made a focal point. How does the relationship between religious minorities and majorities work out in countries of Europe, America, Asia, and Africa? Problems of people of different religions living together (issues of tolerance and appropriate interreligious communication) need to be clarified regarding historically grown situations as well as current conflicts. Furthermore, the concept of religions and worldviews as interpretative forces competing with other denominations and with secular life-counseling services has to be investigated.

    At times, different methods of secular life-counseling in the way of consultation and psychological philosophical advanced training assume the function of secular religions. Often they are viewed in the tradition of “political religions”, and hence assigned to a specific ideological context. In each case it needs to be examined to what extent such groupings are justified.

    Furthermore, the traditional models of state-church law (national churches, models of cooperation [“limping” separation], and models of formal separation) are to be analyzed as to their effects regarding each respective community. For example, do the various relationships between State and church affect the constitutional principles of freedom of religion and of equal treatment of all religious and worldview communities in a society?

    Attention will also be drawn to a scientific discussion of the concept of religion. In this connection the relationship of immanent and transcendental hopes or conceptions of salvation is to be investigated. From the field of insight therapy we know of “conversions” from one paradigm to another one, similar as in religions in the strict sense.

    More intensive studies are needed on economic issues in connection with the role of religions both in their internal relationship and towards society (religion as economic factor).

    Apart from specialized questions of immediate significance to the present time, historical aspects of religions and worldviews are to be treated with equal emphasis, thereby promoting religious education (knowledge about religions).

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    – Religious and worldview conflicts
    – Life-counseling service
    – Current themes
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    Borne says:

    Sehr gute Nachrichten, meine Freunde.

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    johnnyb says:

    Wenn nur ich deutsch sprach! (thanks Babelfish!)

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    IrrDan says:

    The ID movement gains momentum all over europe.
    In fact, scientific dissent from Darvinism might be even stronger than in the USA (see England, Poland, Germany, Italy…)

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    Despite my best will I can’t see that scientific dissent from Darwinism is stronger in the german speaking area. In Italy and Poland are some guys who try to make politics with ID and criticism of evolution as far as I can see (and I dont like to see that…). What is indeed strong is the trouble you can get as swimmer against the current.

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