The AAAS DoSER program stands proudly with scientists around the world who have worked to overcome countless obstacles in their continued work for scientific advancement for the betterment of humanity. DoSER is proud to have been a part of many conversations between scientists, historians, and members of faith communities to better understand the past and look forward, with optimism, to the future!
The first thing to understand about this interesting history is that the common trope of “conflict” between science and religion is largely a manufactured one, started intentionally by two men named John Draper and Andrew White in the late 1800s. Draper and White spoke of the constant warfare between science and religion by focusing on Galileo and Darwin, while failing to mention things like the (1) the thousands of discoveries made by Christian monks throughout history, (2) the first teaching hospital and university created by the Muslim Abbasid Empire of the Middle Ages, (3) and the centuries of support of Jewish communities and science.
In the resource center, you will find a large number of videos, syllabi, and articles on the history of science and religion, including several videos in our “Science: The Wide Angle” film series, including one on this very discussion: “Science and Religion: The Draper-White Conflict Thesis.”