Webinar 'Context and catholicity in the science and religion debate'

12 November 2020 20:00 - 21:30

Does the dominance of the Western perspective limit the further development of the science and religion debate? In this webinar, Klaas Bom and Benno van den Toren will discuss this question in relation to their recently published book Context and catholicity in the science and religion debate. Intercultural Contributions from French-speaking Africa (Brill, 2020). They argue for an intercultural approach to the interface between science and religion.

Content of the webinar

During the (English-language) webinar Klaas Bom and Benno van den Toren will discuss their project 'Science and religion in French-speaking Africa', and present the line of argument of their book. They will also tell more about their field research among Christian students and academics in Abidjan, Kinshasa and Yaoundé. How do they frame the science and religion interface and which role do African traditional understandings play in their perspectives of science and religion?

  • Klaas Bom
    Assistant professor Dogmatics
  • Prof. Benno van den Toren
    Professor of Intercultural Theology

After the discussion, Professor Jesse Mugambi (Nairobi) and Professor Ignacio Silva (Buenos Aires) will respond to the study. They have previously published on the interface between science and religion.

Participants will then have the opportunity to contribute during the Q&A.

  • Prof. Jesse Mugambi
    Professor of philosophy and religious studies, University of Nairobi
  • Prof. Ignatio Silva
    Professor Philosophy of Religion, Universidad Austral


The online webinar is free. Please register before 12 November, 12.00h CET. You will be provided with a link to the webinar upon registration.


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