April 22: Science, religion topic

Lecture to consider myth of 'warfare' between science, religion

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8:34 a.m., April 2, 2014--Lawrence Principe, a University of Delaware alumnus and professor at Johns Hopkins University, will discuss “The Stubborn Myth of the ‘Warfare’ Between Science and Religion” during a presentation at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 22, in 100 Kirkbride Hall.

The event is sponsored by the Society of Catholic Scholars of Delaware and the Catholic Campus Ministry of UD.

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Principe, Drew Professor of the Humanities and director of the Singleton Center for the Study of Premodern Europe, will consider whether “warfare” has always existed between science and religion.

The idea is pervasive, deeply ingrained and often goes unquestioned, however it is not accepted by serious historians of science.

Principe’s talk will explore the myth’s origins and empty foundations, and why it continues to be perpetuated. He also will consider how religious motivations, individuals and institutions historically have been the primary drivers of scientific exploration and discovery.

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