Science and Secularization Symposium

Science and Secularization Symposium
Date: October 17, 2012
Time: 5:30 p.m. reception, 6:30 p.m. symposium

315 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Event Type: Open to the Public
Fee: Free
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Advances in science and technology are often cited as causes of secularization. Yet on inspection this connection appears oversimplified. Does science itself necessarily pave the way to secularization? Do current developments in science and secularization—or in the interactions of science and religion—differ from those in historical situations?

This symposium presents internationally renowned scholars of science and religion John Brooke and Ronald Numbers in conversation before a live audience. Lawrence Principe will moderate the discussion, and John Templeton, Jr., will provide introductory remarks.

Questions to be examined include

  • What are the roots of tying secularization to progress? Is the perceived connection valid?
  • What is the actual extent of secularization? How has public secularization affected spirituality? Has spirituality simply retreated or has it been reconfigured?
  • Can science and technology play increasing roles in society without diminishing the role of spirituality and religion?
  • How have modern redefinitions of science’s scope and authority and the social position of the scientist played into secularization?
  • With increasing globalization what is the result in religious contexts of Western science’s entry into non-Western cultures?

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