Interviewing Prof. Peter Harrison: Science and faith have a complex historical relationship

ISCAST Executive Director Chris Mulherin interviews Professor Peter Harrison on the history of the complex and interdependent relationship between science and religion in the West.

Peter is an ISCAST fellow and an eminent Australian historian and philosopher. He’s a leading international scholar on the history of science, and says we've been duped into believing in the myth of a perennial conflict between science and Christianity. No, Harrison doesn't use the word 'duped', because he is quiet-spoken, choosing his words with care, and wary of overstating his case.

Steven Pinker may be popular but Peter Harrison and John Gray challenge his scholarship

At ABC Religion and Ethics, ISCAST fellow Peter Harrison has written a review of (Harvard psychologist and popular atheist) Steven Pinker's new book Enlightenment Now. It's a review that many ISCAST friends might find interesting as it challenges (although a stronger word is probably in order) Pinker's grasp on history and the way he puts his misunderstanding to work in the interests of (a godless) "reason, science, humanism and progress". 

Is the universe a conscious mind?

This very clearly written article delves into the nature of the universe and attempts to make sense of its apparent 'fine tuning' by proposing 'cosmo​ psychism'. It is posted here not because it coheres with orthodox Christianity (it doesn't!) but because (in the first half) it sets out clearly some of the current state of physics and the challenges it faces before going on to propose that the whole universe itself is 'conscious' and claiming that such a theory is a better one than either the multiverse theory or theism. (Chris Mulherin, ISCAST Exec. Director)​


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