Published on March 10, 2015  

Samford University’s Center for Science and Religion will host noted scholar Peter Harrison for a minister’s workshop and public lecture on “The Religious Origins of Modern Science” Monday, March 30. Both events are funded by a generous grant from the John Templeton Foundation. Harrison also will meet with students in Samford’s University Fellows honors program.

Harrison, former Andreas Idreos Professor of Science and Religion at the University of Oxford, currently is an Australian Laureate Fellow and Director of the Centre for the History of European Discourses at the University of Queensland. He has been a Visiting Fellow at Oxford, Yale and Princeton, is a founding member of the International Society for Science and Religion, and is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.

Harrison has published extensively in the area of philosophical, scientific and religious thought of the early modern period. His five books include Wrestling with Nature: From Omens to Science, an edited collection that surveys conceptions of science from antiquity to the present.

Ministers' Workshop (free)
12-2:30 p.m.
Interested clergy should contact Dr. Josh Reeves ( for event details and registration.

Public Lecture: "The Religious Origins of Modern Science"
Reid Chapel

Convocation credit will be available for Samford students.


Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.