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The Nature of Religion, Science and Health

  • Wednesday 18 June 2014, 5.45PM to 8.15pm
  • Free admission
    Booking required

    Phone: 01904 527300

  • St Peter's School, Clifton (map)

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Has the relationship between religion and science always been one marked by conflict? How were notions of nature, environmental improvement, and human well-being and health affected in dramatically different ways by oppositional ideologies (where they existed)? What were the complex ways in which religion was entwined with the enlightenment? In what ways did the reformation cause changes in the ways the Bible was interpreted, the natural sciences were presented and modernity was defined? How can we locate the role of religion within science and medicine within a modernising world? What are the varying ways in which religious doctrine and belief have affected medical provision and health seeking behaviours?

These are some of the fascinating questions that three world-renowned historians, who have agreed to act as our keynote speakers, will engage with.

We spice things up by inviting three influential thinkers to debate the viewpoints presented in keynote from a range of disciplinary perspectives. The event will end with a round-table discussion, which will be chaired by a leading journalist and writer interested in intellectual, religious and medical history.


  • Professor Peter Harrison, University of Queensland
  • Professor Ron Numbers, University of Madison-Wisconsin
  • Professor Janet Golden, Rutgers University
  • Dr Tara Alberts, University of York
  • Professor Erez Manela, Harvard University
  • Canon Chris Collingwood, York Minster

Chair:  Ruth Gledhill

This event is generously sponsored and supported by the University of York's Centre for Global Health Histories. 

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