Teaching science-religion conflict

November 2015February 2016
Summer Research Scholarship

This project seeks to analyse the ways in which the so-called conflict thesis of science-religion interactions continues to be perpetuated within university-level textbooks and reference materials.

21st-century pedagogical materials will be analysed, with the intent of identifying the ways in which science-religion myths, and the notion that history has been replete with inevitable religion versus science warfare, are propagated to undergraduates.

The study involves the examination of introductory texts from numerous academic fields, including the humanities, social sciences, and the sciences.

The Summer Research scholar’s duties will be to:

  1. Inspect a series of university-level textbooks and introductory books; collecting data on the treatment of such topics as the Scientific Revolution, the Enlightenment, and the theory of evolution.
  2. Conduct their own research on a science-religion topic, perhaps related to the above detailed project, and write a paper on the findings.

Project members

Associate Professor Tom Aechtner

Associate Professor in Religion and Science, Acting Discipline Convenor for Studies in Religion