Professor Peter Harrison: Science, Religion and Modernity

Professor Peter Harrison

Event details

Lecture Series Theme: Science, Religion and Modernity

Dates: 14, 15, 17, 21, 22, 24 February 2011, 5.30pm

Venue: St Cecilia's Hall, Niddry Street, Cowgate, Edinburgh

These lectures are free but ticketed.


Peter Harrison will deliver a Series of Gifford Lectures at the University of Edinburgh in 2010-2011. He is Andreas Idreos Professor of Science and Religion at Oxford University, having previously been Professor of History and Philosophy at Bond University, Australia.

Professor Harrison's work intersects with two previous Edinburgh Gifford Lecture Series: Mary Midgley's “Science and Salvation”, and James Barr's “The Garden of Eden and the Hope of Immortality”.

Lectures overview

This lecture series will offer a revised history of science-religion interactions in the West. It will consider the way in which religious concerns have shaped the study of nature over the past 2000 years, with a particular focus on the changing boundaries of science and religion.

It will be argued that these two ideas—science and religion—are distinctively Western and modern, that they are mutually interdependent, and that a recognition of their history will help revise our understanding of their present relations.

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