Research Project No.12: Nick Spencer and Professor Keith Fox

Project title: ‘Science and Religion: Mapping The Landscape’

The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion is embarking on a three-year project in partnership with Theos funded by the Templeton Religion Trust, researching the perception and understanding of science and religion in the UK today.

This project is about an issue that is foundational to the dialogue between science and religion: to what extent, about what and why do people believe there is conflict between science and religion? The answers to these linked questions depend to a degree on what people understand ‘science’ and ‘religion’ to be but we will take a more direct, multi-levelled analysis of how, where and why people conceptualise a conflict, with an eye to generating findings that will allow for relevant, targeted and useful resources for the science and religion dialogue.

This project will bring new information and clarity into the debate around science and religion in the UK. Rather than assuming that the attitudes to “science and religion” are settled, this project will explore to what extent, about what and why people believe there is conflict between science and religion.

Nick Spencer

Prof Keith Fox

Hannah Waite