The perceived conflict between science and religion would seem to be alive and well – and maybe even growing!
But if you give us this hour, I’m confident my guests today will convince you that the Science versus Religion trope is little more than a meme … a myth … a con.
Meet our guests
James Ungureanu is an historian of science and religion. He is an honorary research fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Queensland and in the Department of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
David Hutchings has taught physics at Pocklington School in York for 17 years. He’s a fellow of the Institute of Physics and author of several books, including Let there be Science: Why God loves science, and science needs God and God, Stephen Hawking and the Multiverse.
This episode was sponsored by Zondervan’s new book Religious Freedom in a Secular Age by Michael F. Bird.
- Grab Of Popes and Unicorns: Science, Christianity, and how the Conflict Thesis Fooled the World by James Ungureanu and David Hutchings.
- Read more about Andrew Dickson White, from Cornell University.
- Read more about John William Draper – this is a memoir of Draper read before the National Academy of Science in 1886.
- Watch the full interview between Neil Tyson and Bill Moyers.
- Here’s some more information about the criticism faced by Francis Collins when he was appointed Head of the National Institutes of Health in the United States. Here’s an article from Time Magazine, and another in the New Yorker.
- Read Jerry Coyne’s blog post (Professor of Biology at the University of Chicago) attacking the appointment of Professor Tom McLeish to chair of the education committee of the Royal Society, the UK’s preeminent science academy.
- Here’s the 2018 Barna study on atheism in Generation Z, and their views on religion and science.
- Draper’s History of the Conflict Between Religion and Science.
- White’s A History of the Warfare of Science with Theology in Christendom.
- Full hymn, Fair Harvard (“Be the herald of light, and the bearer of love, Till the stock of the Puritans die.”)
- The 2016 flat earth Twitter feud between Neil deGrasse Tyson and rapper B.o.B.
- Carl Sagan’s 1980s TV documentary series Cosmos: A Personal Journey.
- Find out more about philosopher and theologian John Philoponus.
- Neil deGrasse Tyson’s 2014 reboot, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey.
- Watch John’s 2015 interview with Professor Peter Harrison, an historian of science at University of Queensland, for the Centre For Public Christianity.
- In 1992, the Vatican released the findings of a re-opened investigation into Galileo: Not Guilty. Here’s the Washington Post article all about it.
- Get the Cambridge History of Science vol. 3 .
- Read Galileo Goes to Jail and other myths about Science and Religion.
- Read Katharine Park’s article on dissection and the church here.
- More about ‘dissection theatre’ here.