Science and the King James Bible: Influence, confluence, or conflict?
2011 is the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible, a monumental work of religious literature which has not only inspired countless poets, writers, musicians and ordinary believers, but has had an immeasurable effect on the formation of the English language. But what has been its impact on science? The worlds of Newton and Darwin were completely infused with the King James Bible, and scientific debates over the validity of their work at the time often took place in religious terms. Modern interactions between religion and science also involve debates over the place of the Bible, whether it is Richard Dawkins in one camp, or religious fundamentalism in the other. This event will seek to explore some of the historical dimensions of these questions, looking especially at Newton and Darwin.