Science and Religion with Christopher White
Our Speaker Series continues with a look at Science and Religion on March 10th.
We will examine different ways that people today think about science and religion. We will survey recent arguments and controversies between scientists and religious believers in the modern world, investigating sources of conflict, issues that have caused tension, and different possibilities for reconciliation between the two groups. We also examine ways of talking about science, religion and technology that go beyond the “conflict” model (science versus religion), looking instead at how these different parts of culture shape and influence one another. How have new sciences and technologies challenged and altered religious beliefs and practices? How have religious people in turn shaped new scientific ideas?
Christopher White received his PhD in Religious Studies from Harvard University, where he studied religion and culture in modern Europe and America. He is particularly interested in religion and science, spirituality and “unchurched” religion, new religious movements, electronic media and popular culture. He has published articles on these and other subjects in scholarly journals and edited books, including articles in Religion in American Culture and the American Historical Review. His first book, Unsettled Minds: Psychology and the American Search for Spiritual Assurance (California: University of California Press, 2009) examined how modern Europeans and Americans used psychological and medical insights to fashion new, more scientific ways of testing, analyzing and sometimes even fostering religious trances, visions and experiences. His second book, Other Worlds: Spirituality and the Search for Invisible Dimensions (Harvard University Press, 2018), examines the cultural history of the idea that the universe has hidden dimensions, spaces and worlds.
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