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Science and religion in dialogue over the global commons

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The Pope's encyclical makes unprecedented progress in developing scientific dialogue with religion by drawing on research, and encouraging further discussion about the ethical challenge of governing the global commons.

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The three authors cooperate on a daily basis. They have not achieved an agreement on all relevant metaphysical claims and ethical judgements because one is Catholic and an economist, one is Protestant and a social scientist, and one is an atheist and a natural scientist. They agree at least on this text.

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Correspondence to Ottmar Edenhofer.

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Edenhofer, O., Flachsland, C. & Knopf, B. Science and religion in dialogue over the global commons. Nature Clim Change 5, 907–909 (2015).

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