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Magisteria — science, religion and their tangled relationship

Magisteria — science, religion and their tangled relationship

Jane Shaw reviews Magisteria for The Financial Times. 22/03/2023

The death of the female mathematician–philosopher Hypatia at the hands of Christians in 415. Galileo’s 1633 recantation. Thomas Huxley debating Darwin’s ideas with “Soapy Sam”, Bishop of Oxford, in 1860.

Nicholas Spencer opens Magisteria with these famous examples of science in conflict with religion — only to turn around and knock the cases down, “straw men” all of them.

That story, of a constant clash between science and religion, is largely a product of the late 19th century. Historians have long refuted that account of conflict, and Spencer, who works at the religion and society think–tank Theos, has drawn on a rich field of scholarship to produce a highly readable history of the entangled relationship between science and religion in the west.

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Nick Spencer

Nick Spencer

Nick is Senior Fellow at Theos. He is the author of a number of books and reports, including Magisteria: the entangled histories of science and religion (Oneworld, 2023), The Political Samaritan: how power hijacked a parable (Bloomsbury, 2017), The Evolution of the West (SPCK, 2016) and Atheists: The Origin of the Species (Bloomsbury, 2014). He is host of the podcast Reading Our Times.

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Posted 22 March 2023


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