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The Incompatibility of Science and Religion

Public Lecture

Galileo was put under house arrest by the Inquisition for defending Copernicus. If religious fundamentalists had their way, Darwinian theory would (at best) be taught as one theory among many with no greater claim to rational assent than the theory that God created the universe essentially as it now is in roughly 4004BC. More sophisticated thinkers hold that such direct clashes between science and religion are quite unnecessary: that one can be a religious believer without coming into the slightest conflict with science. John Worrall examines various ways in which this compatibility view has been defended. This examination shows that while religion and science can indeed avoid direct conflict, there is ineliminable conflict between religion and the general scientific approach – an approach based on the axiom that it is reasonable to believe only what evidence gives you reason to believe.


Professor John Worrall Worrall | talks | www


Date and Time:

21 January 2009 at 6:30 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



U8, Tower One
London School of Economics
Portugal Street
0207 955 7539
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Forum for European Philosophy, LSE
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