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Prof John Hedley Brooke HonFISSRProf John Hedley Brooke HonFISSR

Andreas Idreos Professor Emeritus of Science & Religion Oxford University
Harris Manchester College, Oxford University

Biography

From 1969-1999 John Hedley Brooke taught at Lancaster University, becoming a member of the International Academy of the History of Science in 1993. In 1995, with Professor Geoffrey Cantor, he gave the Gifford Lectures at Glasgow University.  From 1999 to 2006, he was the first Andreas Idreos Professor of Science & Religion at Oxford University, Director of the Ian Ramsey Centre and Fellow of Harris Manchester College.  Following retirement, he spent time as a "Distinguished Fellow" at the Institute of Advanced Study, University of Durham (2007).  He has lectured worldwide and in November 2001 gave the "Distinguished Lecture" of the History of Science Society.  From 2000 to 2003 he directed the European Science Foundation's Network on "Science and Human Values".  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, President of the Historical Section of the British Science Association, President of the UK Forum for Science & Religion and of the International Society for Science and Religion.

Among his books are Science and Religion: Some Historical Perspectives (Cambridge 1991, 2014), recently republished by CUP in its "Canto Classics" series; Thinking About Matter (Ashgate, 1995); and (with Geoffrey Cantor) Reconstructing Nature: The Engagement of Science & Religion (Edinburgh 1998). He is co-editor of Science in Theistic Contexts  (Chicago 2001), Heterodoxy in Early Modern Science and Religion (Oxford 2005), and Religious Values and the Rise of Science in Europe (Istanbul 2005). His most recent book, co-edited with Ronald Numbers is Science & Religion around the World (New York 2011). The author of more than 100 journal articles and book chapters, he has contributed to The Cambridge Companion to Darwin, The Cambridge Companion to the "Origin of Species", The Cambridge Companion to Science and Religion, The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Science, The Oxford Handbook of Nineteenth-Century British Philosophy, and The Oxford Handbook of the Reception History of the Bible. Together with Fraser Watts, he was Editorial Consultant for The Oxford Handbook of Natural Theology (2013). His research interests have embraced the history of organic chemistry, the British natural theology tradition from the seventeenth to the nineteenth century, Darwiniana, and the evaluation of the sciences in different religious cultures. He is currently a Visiting Professor at the University of Leeds.

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Religion, Philosophy & History Interests

Christianity-Catholicism, Christianity-Orthodoxy, Christianity-Protestantism, History of Religion, History of Science, Naturalism, Philosophy of Religion

Science & Technology Interests

Biology, Chemistry, Evolution

Publications

Religious Values and the Rise of Science in Europe (Edited Volume)

IRCICA 2005
Co-authors: Eds: John Hedley Brooke & Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu
www.ircica.org - click on publications

Heterodoxy in Early Modern Science and Religion (Edited Volume)

Oxford University Press 2005
www.oup.com/uk

Science in Theistic Contexts, published as Osiris vol.16,

Science in Theistic Contexts, published as Osiris vol.16, 2001
Co-authors: Eds: John Hedley Brooke, Margaret Osler & Jitse Van der Meer
www.journals.uchicago.edu/osiris - click on 'available issues'.

Reconstructing Nature: The Engagement of Science & Religion

T & T Clark 1998 & 2000, Oxford University Press New York 2000
Co-authors: John Hedley Brooke & Geoffrey Cantor
www.continuumbooks.com

Science and Religion: Some Historical Perspectives

Cambridge University Press 1991
www.cambridge.org/uk

Thinking About Matter: Studies in the History of Chemical Philosophy

Ashgate 1995
www.ashgate.com

Science & Religion around the World

Oxford University Press 2011
Co-authors: Eds: John Hedley Brooke & Ronald Numbers

Termes et Implications de la Controverse Historique sur l’Origine de L’Homme

Paris: J. Vrin, pp 131-56 2011

‘Wilberforce, Huxley and Genesis’, in The Oxford Handbook of the Reception History of the Bible

Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp 397-412 2011
Editors:eds. Michael Lieb, Emma Mason and Jonathan Roberts

‘Learning from the Past’, in God, Humanity and the Cosmos

3rd edition, London: T & T Clark, pp 68-88 2011
Editors:ed. Christopher Southgate

‘Modern Christianity’, in Science & Religion around the World

New York: Oxford University Press, pp 92-119 2011
Editors:ed. John Hedley Brooke and Ronald L. Numbers

‘Science and Secularization’, in The Cambridge Companion to Science and Religion

Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp 103-23 2010
Editors:ed. Peter Harrison

‘Historical Perspectives on Religion and Science’, in A Companion to Philosophy of Religion, 2nd edition

Chichester: John Wiley & Sons Ltd, pp 529-38 2010
Editors:ed. Charles Taliaferro, Paul Draper, and Philip L. Quinn

‘The Myth that Modern Science has secularised Western Culture’, in Galileo goes to Jail and other Myths about Science and Religion

Cambridge MA: Harvard University Press, pp 224-32 2009
Editors:ed. Ronald L. Numbers

‘Science, Religion, and Historical Complexity’, in Recent Themes in the History of Science and Religion

Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, pp 37-46 and 56-9 2009
Editors:ed. Donald A. Yerxa

‘Genesis and the Scientists: Dissonance among the Harmonizers’, in Reading Genesis after Darwin

Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp 93-10912 2009
Editors:ed. Stephen C. Barton and David Wilkinson

‘Should the Word Nature be eliminated?’, in Envisioning Nature, Science, and Religion

West Conshohocken: Templeton Press, pp 312-36 2009
Editors:ed. James D. Proctor

‘ “Laws impressed on matter by the Creator”? The Origin and the Question of Religion’, in The Cambridge Companion to the “Origin of Species”,

Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, pp 256-74 2009
Editors:eds. Michael Ruse and Robert J. Richards

‘Can Scientific Discovery be a Religious Experience?’, in The Edge of Reason

London: Continuum, pp 155-64. 2008
Editors:ed. Alex Bentley

‘Cosmologies Ancient and Modern’, in Creation and the Abrahamic Faiths,

Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press, pp 113-118, ISBN (10): 1-84718-809-5. 2008
Editors:ed. Neil Spurway

‘La Ciencia en los Unitarios’, in Ciencia y Religion en la Edad Moderna

La Orotava: Fundación Canaria Orotava de Historia de la Ciencia 2007
Editors:ed. José Montesinos and Sergio Toledo

‘Overtaking Nature? The Changing Scope of Organic Chemistry in the Nineteenth century’, in The Artificial and the Natural: An Evolving Polarity

Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 275-92. ISBN 978-0-262-02620-8. 2007
Editors:ed. Bernadette Bensaude-Vincent and William R. Newman

‘Science and the Self: What Difference Did Darwin Make?’, in The Evolution of Rationality: Interdisciplinary Essays in Honor of J Wentzel Van Huyssteen

Grand Rapids, Michigan: Eerdmans, 253-73. ISBN 10: 0-8028-2789-6. 2006
Editors:ed. F.Leron Shults

‘Contributions from the History of Science and Religion’, in The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Science

Oxford: Oxford University Press, 293-310. ISBN 13: 978-0-19-927927-2 2006
Editors:ed. Philip Clayton