Isthmus Society Lectures
at the University of Wisconsin–Madison
The Territories of Science and Religion
Monday, May 5, 2014
702 Langdon St.
University of Wisconsin–Madison
free and open to the public
Director of the Centre for the History of European Discourses at the University of Queensland
Presented by the Isthmus Society
Science and religion are usually regarded as enduring features of the cultural landscape of the West. However, this view is misleading. Only in the past few hundred years have religious beliefs and activities been bounded by a common notion ‘religion’ and set apart from the ‘non-religious’ or secular domains of human existence. The idea of natural sciences as discrete activities conducted in isolation from religious and moral concerns is even more recent, dating from the nineteenth century. The history of these two ideas has far-reaching implications for how we understand the contemporary relations between science and religion.
Peter Harrison, “‘Science’ and ‘Religion’: Constructing the Boundaries,” The Journal of Religion Vol. 86 No. 1 (January 2006), pp. 81–106.