Science and Religion
(Professors Barker, Crowther, Livesey, Magruder, Vermij and Weldon)
The interaction between science and religion is a focus of the work of several of our faculty in areas ranging from the physical and biological sciences to the social sciences and covering the Medieval and Early Modern periods through to the twenty-first century. Topics of special interest to faculty include the ways in which institutions have mediated the intellectual questions, the social nature of the interactions, and the manifestation of religion and science in both popular and elite culture. We have an especially strong focus on both Protestant theology and liberal Christianity and atheism. These research interests are supplemented by two undergraduate classes on religion and science and periodic graduate courses. Several Master’s and doctoral theses have focused primarily on the interaction between science and religion. University resources include a strong interdisciplinary Religious Studies program which brings faculty together from around the university.