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Harrison, Peter 1955-

Works: 8 works in 84 publications in 1 language and 4,085 library holdings
Genres: History 
Roles: Author, Editor, Creator
Classifications: BS650, 261.5509
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Peter Harrison
The Bible, Protestantism, and the rise of natural science by Peter Harrison( )

24 editions published between 1998 and 2007 in English and held by 2,052 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this book, Dr. Harrison examines the role played by the bible in the emergence of natural science. He shows how both the contents of the bible, and more particularly the way it was interpreted, had a profound influence on conceptions of nature from the third century to the seventeenth. The rise of modern science is linked to the Protestant approach to texts, an approach which spelt an end to the symbolic world of the middle ages, and established the conditions for the scientific investigation and technological exploitation of nature. - Publisher
The Cambridge companion to science and religion by Peter Harrison( Book )

27 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and held by 809 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In recent years, the relations between science and religion have been the object of renewed attention. Developments in physics, biology and the neurosciences have reinvigorated discussions about the nature of life and ultimate reality. At the same time, the growth of anti-evolutionary and intelligent design movements has led many to the view that science and religion are necessarily in conflict. This book provides a comprehensive introduction to the relations between science and religion, with contributions from historians, philosophers, scientists and theologians. It explores the impact of religion on the origins and development of science, religious reactions to Darwinism, and the link between science and secularization. It also offers in-depth discussions of contemporary issues, with perspectives from cosmology, evolutionary biology, psychology, and bioethics. The volume is rounded out with philosophical reflections on the connections between atheism and science, the nature of scientific and religious knowledge, and divine action and human freedom"--
The fall of man and the foundations of science by Peter Harrison( Book )

16 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 454 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Peter Harrison provides a new account of the religious foundations of scientific knowledge. He shows how the new approaches to the study of nature that emerged in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries were directly informed by theological discussions about the Fall of Man and the extent to which the mind and the senses had been damaged by that primeval event. Scientific methods, he suggests, were originally devised as techniques for ameliorating the cognitive damage wrought by human sin. At its inception, modern science was conceptualized as a means of recapturing the knowledge of nature that Adam had once possessed. Contrary to a widespread view which sees science emerging in conflict with religion, Harrison argues that theological considerations were of vital importance in the framing of the new scientific method."--BOOK JACKET
'Religion' and the religions in the English Enlightenment by Peter Harrison( Book )

9 editions published between 1990 and 2002 in English and held by 440 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The origin of the modern perception of religion can be traced to the Enlightenment. This book shows how the concepts of "religion" and "the religions" arose from controversies in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century England. The birth of "the religions," conceived of as sets of beliefs and practices, created a new science of religion in which the various "religions" could be studied and impartially compared. Harrison gives a detailed historical picture of the emergence of this concept and how it led to the discipline of comparative religion
Wrestling with nature : from omens to science( Book )

5 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 323 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When and where did science begin? Historians have offered different answers to these questions, some pointing to Babylonian observational astronomy, some to the speculations of natural philosophers of ancient Greece. Others have opted for early modern Europe, which saw the triumph of Copernicanism and the birth of experimental science, while yet another view is that the appearance of science was postponed until the nineteenth century. Rather than posit a modern definition of science and search for evidence of it in the past, the contributors to Wrestling with Nature examine how students of nat
The territories of science and religion by Peter Harrison( Book )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Christianity and the rise of Western science by Peter Harrison( Book )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

'Religion' and the religions in British thought : Lord Herbert to Hume by Peter Harrison( )

1 edition published in 1988 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

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The Cambridge companion to science and religionThe fall of man and the foundations of science'Religion' and the religions in the English EnlightenmentWrestling with nature : from omens to science