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

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Engagement – Public lecture/debate/seminar


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. I’ll 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. I’ll suggest that this assumption in fact represents a worldview of its very own.
Period8 Nov 2017
Event typeOther
LocationLiverpool, United KingdomShow on map