On the heels of my exchange with Peter Gabel about the relationship of science and religion, Tikkun Daily intern Sarah Ackley has written an excellent summation of the late evolutionary biologist Stephen Jay Gould's non-overlapping magisteria (NOMA) model, one bolstered by insights from Catholic theologian Hans Kung.
Ackley points out that Gould insisted that "the two magisteria bump right up against each other, interdigitating in wondrously complex ways along their joint border." This observation is of particular interest to me because, until now, I'd mistakingly believed that Gould felt there was no exchange between the two, non-overlapping realms.
As I wrote in "Matthew Day Jackson's Wonderful Artifacts," in October 2008,
"Whereas Gould posits that the magisteria of religion and science are nonoverlapping, I would argue that, where their circles meet, the membrane is permeable. This bleeding of one into the other represents the pinnacle of art and philosophy.”It's clear to me now that Gould and I were on the same page all along (or, more accurately, I was on Gould's page)!
Read Ackley's TD piece here. Above, I've included a NOMA diagram that I created for the essay on Matthew Day Jackson.