Curtis Whitaker

Science and Religion: Renaissance Origins of a Modern Debate

Discussion concerning the question of intelligent design is a recent example of the fraught relationship between science and religion. Such charged exchanges have been with us since the beginning of modern science, however, when Renaissance thinkers such as Copernicus and Galileo introduced ways of seeing the world that challenged the theology of their times. Is science a threat to religion? This talk will examine how some of the greatest literature of the Renaissance responded to this question, and how these responses might give us some perspective on science and religion today.