Christianity and the Development of Science – A Historical View


Tuesday 19th January 2016 at 8:00pm, Lindisfarne House, 4 Barbourne Terrace, Worcester, WR1 3JS.

It is sometimes claimed that without Christianity there would have been no modern science. While this view is an exaggeration, intimate links between Christian doctrine and the growth of the empirical sciences were forged during the Industrial Revolution.

Professor John Hedley Brooke

Professor John Hedley Brooke


Prof. Brooke will consider the way in which scientific research has been justified in theological terms and will refer to some of the great names of 17th centuryscience (Boyle, Bacon, Newton …) and to arguments that Christianity provided some of the pre-conditions of an enduring scientific culture.

About Professor John Hedley Brooke

Prof. Brooke is currently Professor of the History of Science at Lancaster University and Visiting Professor in the School of Philosophy, Religious Studies and the History of Science, University of Leeds. A former Editor of the British Journal for the History of Science, he has been President of the British Society for the History of Science and of the Historical Section of the British Association for the Advancement of Science.