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American Science Advocacy Organizations: Examining Their Strategies and Engagements with Religion
by Rodriguez, Jason T., M.Ed., State University of New York at Buffalo, 2013, 236; 1546967
Abstract (Summary)

Over the past several decades, science advocacy organizations have increasingly participated in discussions of the relationship between science and religion to the public, mainly to counteract the resurgence of anti-evolution activities across the country, to address misconceptions and misunderstandings about science and religion, and to help make science more palatable and less threatening to religious believers. These engagements with religion have primarily involved four organizations: the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), the National Center for Science Education (NCSE), and the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History (SNMNH). In their engagements with religion, each of these organizations has simultaneously employed two distinct lines of operation: (1) defending science against anti-science religions and movements and (2) engaging science-friendly religions and the religious public. These lines of operation are driven by key objectives and supported by specific strategies and tactics to achieve those objectives, which this paper seeks to explore and analyze. Key findings and recommendations for science advocacy organizations' ongoing and future engagements with religion are provided.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Liu, Xiufeng, Shook, John R.
School: State University of New York at Buffalo
Department: Learning and Instruction
School Location: United States -- New York
Source: MAI 52/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Philosophy of Science, Science education
Keywords: Evolution, Religious outreach, Science advocacy, Science advocacy organizations, Science and religion, Science communication
Publication Number: 1546967
ISBN: 978-1-303-47558-0
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