UW Professors Jeff Hardin, and Ron Numbers, will join us to discuss their remarkable new edited volume, The Warfare Between Science and Religion: The Idea That Wouldn’t Die. Since its inception, the “conflict thesis”—the idea that an inevitable and irreconcilable conflict exists between science and religion—has long been part of the popular imagination. In The Warfare between Science and Religion, Hardin and Numbers (along with Ronald A. Binzley) have assembled a group of distinguished historians who explore the origin of the thesis, its reception, the responses it drew from various faith traditions, and its continued prominence in public discourse.
What are the personal circumstances and theological idiosyncrasies that have influenced leading intellectuals who championed the conflict thesis relentlessly? How has the conflict thesis influenced different religious communities, including evangelicals, liberal Protestants, Roman Catholics, Eastern Orthodox Christians, Jews, and Muslims? And what is the historical and sociological legacy of the conflict thesis in popular culture and intellectual discourse today?
This event is a part of our Upper House Colloquium Series, which serves the scholarly community at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, by providing local academics and intellectuals with an opportunity to present or workshop current and/or recent course material, articles, books, or public lectures. Because of Upper House’s commitment to the advancement of Christian intellectual tradition, we are especially, but not exclusively, interested in the work of Christian academics and intellectuals, or non-Christians whose work draws from or overlaps with aspects of our tradition. This particular Colloquium event will be held in partnership with the Veritas Forum.