Religion and science embraced: how a religion actively teaches and utilizes alternative religious and scientific knowledge without conflicting interpretations arising
Jean, Jason Allan
Religious fundamentalism is a confusing and not well understood phenomenon in present day Western societies. In order to obtain fresh insights into what social forces and conditions affect religious organizational development such that they become fundamentalist organizations, this study seeks to analyze a religious group that historically has been mandated to integrate and utilize alternative scientific and/or religious knowledge into their canon of teachings. A triangulation study consisting of a content analysis of its accepted history and a discourse analysis of its accredited membership are utilized to gather data on this religious organization to understand the historical, organizational, and external social circumstances that have allowed this religious community to engage and interact with alternative scientific and/or religious knowledge without interpretations of conflict becoming a source of social strife within their organization.
DegreeMaster of Arts (M.A.)
CommitteeHudson, Rob; Loewen, Greg
Copyright DateApril 2011