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Science, Religion and Humanity: Who gets to say?

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Nick Spencer of the think tank Theos explores centuries of complex and colourful interaction between science and religion.

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Science and Religion: everyone seems to have an opinion.

They are in direct opposition to one another (and always have been). They are in broad harmony with one another (and always shall be). They actually have nothing to do with one another – NOMA or “Non-Overlapping Magisteria” in Stephen Jay Gould’s phrase – and so are neither in opposition nor in harmony.

Drawing on his BBC Radio 4 series The Secret History of Science and Religion and forthcoming book on the subject, Nick Spencer of the think tank Theos explores how the two have, do and can relate to one another.

Pointing to centuries of complex and colourful interaction between science and religion, he proposes a new idea. Rather than being “NOMA”, perhaps science and religion are actually POMA “Partially-Overlapping Magisteria”, with the overlap being not about Genesis or geology, or the Big Bang, or even evolution but about the nature of human beings, and in particular – who gets to say.

The event will include an in-conversation segment with Vicky Johnson, Canon Precentor at York Minster, as well as an opportunity to ask your own questions.

This event is part of our Being Human series which delves into the nature of humanity. You may also enjoy Human Dignity: Without meaning or meaningful? on Monday 14 June and Holiness and Desire: What makes us who we are? on Thursday 17 June.

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