Peter Harrison

Prof. Peter Harrison FAHA


MA, DLitt (Oxford)

MA (Yale)

BSc, BA, PhD (UQ)


Peter Harrison is an Australian Laureate Fellow and Director of the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Queensland. Before moving to UQ he was the Idreos Professor of Science and Religion and Director of the Ian Ramsey Centre at the University of Oxford. He has published extensively in the field of intellectual history with a focus on the philosophical, scientific and religious thought of the early modern period, and has a particular interest in historical and contemporary relations between science and religion. He is a founding member of the International Society for Science and Religion and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. In 2011 he delivered the Gifford Lectures at the University of Edinburgh. Author of over 100 articles and book chapters, his six books include, most recently, The Territories of Science and Religion (Chicago, 2015), winner of the 2016 Aldersgate Prize.

University of Queensland profile

Science/Faith Interests

Historical relationship between science and religion

Professional Associations

  • Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities
  • Member International Society for Science and Religion
  • Member History of Science Society
  • Member American Academy of Religion

Selected Publications

  • The Territories of Science and Religion (University of Chicago Press, 2015), Chinese, Greek, and Portuguese translations.
  • The Fall of Man and the Foundations of Science (Cambridge University Press, 2007), Greek translation
  • The Bible, Protestantism, and the Rise of Natural Science (Cambridge University Press, 1998)
  • ‘Religion’ and the Religions in the English Enlightenment (Cambridge University Press, 1990)
  • The Cambridge Companion to Science and Religion (Cambridge University Press, 2010). pp. xi +307. (25 reviews). Portuguese and Spanish translations.
  • Wrestling with Nature: From Omens to Science (University of Chicago Press, 2011), pp. x +416, edited with Ronald Numbers and Michael Shank.
  • Narratives of Secularization, Special Issue of Intellectual History Review, 27/1 (2017), (edited collection)
  • Replaying the Tape of Life: Evolution and Historical Explanation, Special Issue of Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, Part C, 58 (2016), edited with Ian Hesketh,