Science, Scripture, and the Hermeneutics of Ascension

Mark Harris*

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From the perspective of the science-religion dialogue, the ascension of Jesus represents one of the most challenging of all Christian doctrines to negotiate. It necessitates, on the one hand, the interpretation of richly allusive and diverse biblical texts, and on the other hand, the resolution of scientific and theological paradoxes at the edge of conceptualization. I suggest a possible way forward which makes use of a conversational approach informed by Gadamerian hermeneutics. This keeps the peculiarities and particularities of individual texts foremost, and allows the perspectives of science, theology and biblical studies to engage at first hand over them.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)201-215
JournalTheology and Science
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 25 Jul 2014


  • Ascension
  • Biblical study
  • Christology
  • Hermeneutics
  • Jesus
  • Physics


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