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The Analogical Model of Cognitive Principles and Its Significance for the Dialogue between Science and Theology

Faculty of Theology, University of Ljubljana, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
Academic Editors: Michal Valčo, Jove Jim S. Aguas and Kamil Kardis
Religions 2021, 12(4), 230; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12040230
Received: 19 February 2021 / Revised: 14 March 2021 / Accepted: 17 March 2021 / Published: 25 March 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Exploring the Influence of Religions on Culture and Science)
Analogical models in science enable us to understand unobservable theoretical entities. We need this basic understanding, even in the case of mental phenomena, where multiple cognitive principles are involved. In this article, we suggest an analogical model of cognition that incorporates basic insights from the philosophies of science and theology, which could serve as a point of contact for the dialogue between science and theology. For this purpose, we presuppose six stages of understanding and the existence of six different theoretical cognitive principles that have their own characteristics, which coincide with some Biblical characters, theological reflections and scientific approaches to finding the truth. The choice of the analogical model and the cognitive principles is justified with their ability to organize, structure and make sense of different segments of scientific and theological knowledge, which otherwise seem confused, unrelated and without structure. The analogical model gives us a big picture of their relations and confirms the ability of the observable macroworld and phenomenological experience to assist us in understanding the realities that, at first sight, seem incomprehensible. View Full-Text
Keywords: analogical model; cognitive principles; stages of understanding; reason; intellect; dialogue; science; theology analogical model; cognitive principles; stages of understanding; reason; intellect; dialogue; science; theology
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Pohar, B. The Analogical Model of Cognitive Principles and Its Significance for the Dialogue between Science and Theology. Religions 2021, 12, 230. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12040230

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