The Bible and the Emergence of Modern Science
Dr Peter Harrison delivered this lecture on 24th May 2005 in the Howard Lecture Theatre in Downing College, Cambridge. The lecture was followed by questions from the audience and later a dinner/discussion at St Edmunds College. A transcript of the lecture and the discussion can be viewed in html or downloaded as a pdf file, and an audio recording of the lecture and questions is also available.

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I Allegory and the Book of Nature
II Allegory in Practice
III Reforming the Reading of Scripture
IV Reinterpreting the Book of Nature


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Brief Biography

Dr Peter Harrison

Peter Harrison studied Science and Arts at the University of Queensland before moving to the United States to take up a scholarship at Yale University to study philosophy and religion. On returning to Australia, he completed his PhD at the University of Queensland. He joined Bond University in its foundation year, 1989, and is currently Philosophy co-ordinator.
Peter Harrison has published extensively in the area of cultural and intellectual history, with a particular focus on the philosophical, scientific and religious thought of the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries. He is the author of 'Religion' and the Religions in the English Enlightenment (Cambridge, 1990) and The Bible, Protestantism, and the Rise of Natural Science (Cambridge, 1998). He is a Research Consultant in the Department of Studies in Religion at the University of Queensland, and has been a Visiting Fellow at Oxford, Yale, and Princeton. He is a founding member of the International Society for Science and Religion and is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. In 2003, Prof. Harrison was awarded a Centenary Medal for 'Service to Australian Society and the Humanities in the study of Philosophy and Religion'.

Current research is focused mainly upon early-modern thought, and in particular on the interplay between scientific, philosophical, and religious ideas in the period from the sixteenth to the nineteenth century.

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