This past month was the second ever Richard Johnson Lecture put on by the Australia-based Centre for Public Christianity. This year’s speaker was historian Peter Harrison of the University of Queensland and former Idreos Professor of Science and Religion at the University of Oxford. I’ve followed (and bought)1 Harrison’s work ever since I listened to his interviews with CPX years ago and include him among great historians of science and religion like Ronald Numbers and David Lindberg. This lecture is divided into four parts:
- Science and Religion as Competing Belief Systems
- Modern Science and Patterns of Belief: Sociology
- The Rise of Science and the Decline of Religion: History
- Origins of the Conflict Thesis
For those interested in the history of science and religion, I strongly recommend giving the lecture and Q&A a listen.