The conflict between science and religion seems entrenched, even inevitable. But is it?

Peter Harrison, one of the most important scholars working in the area of science and religion today, challenges our understanding of what has historically been meant by the concepts of "science" and "religion" - and reconstructs the true history of their turbulent relations.


Peter Harrison is an Australian Laureate Fellow at the University of Queensland. Before taking up his post at UQ he was the Idreos Professor of Science and Religion at the University of Oxford. He has published extensively in the area of intellectual history with a focus on the historical interactions between science and religion. A Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, he was the Gifford Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh in 2011. He is author or editor of six books, the most recent of which is The Territories of Science and Religion (Chicago, 2015).


Re:CONSIDERING is a series from Acorn Press and the CPX team that invites you to look at what's familiar from an unfamiliar angle; to consider how we consider things, and how to do it better.

Now available - The Pleasures of Pessimism by Natasha Moore, The Cost of Compassion by Tim Costello, The End of Thinking? by Mark Stephens and Achievement Addiction by Justine Toh.

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