Please join us for the Greenspun College of Urban Affairs' Colloquia Series featuring a presentation by Dr. Emma Bloomfield, assistant professor in Communication Studies, entitled, Science, Religion, and Controversy: Rhetorical Responses to the Human Origins and Climate Change Controversies.
Science and religion are often viewed as incompatible ways of knowing about the world around us. When science and religion intersect, there is the opportunity for controversy, or a communicative event that engages arguments from multiple viewpoints to push the boundaries of knowledge. By looking at the similarities between the human origins controversy (creationism vs evolution) and climate change controversies (climate deniers vs environmentalists), we can see there is considerable overlap in the strategies used by religious adherents to maintain their faith in the face of scientific information. This talk argues that religious argument strategies are patterned and consistent across the human origins and climate change controversies, providing insight into the process of identity maintenance and how the public understands science.