We are thrilled to be launching a new comic about science and religion, based on our research: My Evolution: living along the spectrum of science and religion by the illustrator and science communicator Jordan Collver.
The comic is the result of Jordan’s own personal exploration and reflection on our research as part of his Media Fellowship, here at Newman University in 2017. Scroll down to read the comic in full; we’re excited to know what you think, so please do leave us a comment below, and if you enjoyed reading it, share it among your friends.
Peter Harrison’s new book,[i] based on the Gifford Lectures that he delivered at the University of Edinburgh in 2011, is essential reading. It is the most important study of the history of science and religion since the publication in 1991 of John Brooke’s Science and Religion: Some Historical Perspectives, in which Brooke laid out what has been called the “complexity thesis.” That thesis has been the principle guiding almost all scholarship in the history of science and religion since 1991, so for at least the last 25 years. In brief, Brooke argued (and he was by no means the first) that the conflict thesis, the notion that science and religion have been at war throughout history, was fatally flawed, and that any single thesis had to be rejected as the basis of a historiographical model. Instead, scholars had to conduct empirical research on the period they were examining to determine the nature of the relationship between science and religion. Brooke’s book inspired scholars to go back and look again at key moments in the past in order to find more complicated patterns than the simplistic emphasis on conflict that had reigned in earlier studies. Continue reading Peter Harrison’s The Territories of Science and Religion: A New Peter Principle