NOMA - Non-Overlapping Magisteria

The text of Humani Generis focuses on the Magisterium (or Teaching Authority) of the Church—a word derived not from any concept of majesty or unquestionable awe, but from the different notion of teaching, for magister means “teaching” in Latin. We may, I think, adopt this word and concept to express…the principled resolution of supposed ‘conflict’ and ‘warfare’ between science and religion. No such conflict should exist because each subject has a legitimate magisterium, or domain of teaching authority—and these magisteria do not overlap (the principle that I would like to designate as NOMA, or ‘non-overlapping magisteria”). The net of science covers the empirical realm: what is the universe made of (fact) and why does it work this way (theory). The net of religion extends over questions of moral meaning and value. These two magisteria do not overlap, nor do they encompass all inquiry (consider, for starters, the magisterium of art and the meaning of beauty). To cite the usual clichés, we get the age of rocks, and religion retains the rock of ages; we study how the heavens go, and they determine how to go to heaven.


Stephen J. Gould's argument that science and religion do not conflict because they explore realms of knowledge that are completely separated.

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 Non Over-lapping Magisteria
Periodicals>Magazine Article:  Gould, Stephen J. (1999), Non Over-lapping Magisteria, Skeptical Inquirer , July August, 55-61, Retrieved on 2011-09-04
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04 SEP 2011

 The Domains of Religion Versus Science

NOMA - Non-Overlapping Magisteria > Contrast > Myth VS Science
Gould argues that science and religion are completely separate realms of knowledge and explorations. Alfvén describes how the two come from completely different worldviews; however, we must concede that the two inhabit the same reality. If both are views of the world shared by people who inhabit that it, then they have no choice but to conflict.