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Wednesday, 01 November 2017 - Thursday, 30 November 2017

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Is the science and religion debate always a clash of two cultures?

Starts: Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Dr Mark Harris, School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh

The assumption that there should be fundamental conflict between science and religion is widely-held in modern Western society, and one of the best examples of C. P. Snow’s celebrated ‘two cultures’ idea. However, it’s an assumption that becomes increasingly unstable upon closer examination. For one thing, it’s notoriously difficult to define the areas of ‘science’, and ‘religion’ in meaningful ways that capture everything they’re about.

This means that it’s even harder still to construe the relationship between them. This talk will outline some of the main scholarly approaches here, and will explain that, while there are indeed certain areas of science that clash with areas of religious faith, there are plenty of other areas that relate in other ways, and some that make no impact upon each other at all.

This has not stopped the prevailing assumption from developing in our society that science and religion can only interact through conflict, or that they represent two clashing worldviews. In conclusion, the talk will suggest that this assumption in fact represents a worldview of its very own.



Category: Foundation Hour
Date: Wednesday, 8 November 2017 - Wednesday, 8 November 2017
Time: 1pm
Venue : EDEN 130 Lecture Theatre
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