Science and Secularization (2014–2019)

This Laureate Fellowship will explore the growth of science in the West and how it relates to a decline in the influence of religion. Specifically, it will investigate whether science has been a major cause of secularization, and whether the pattern of scientific advance and corresponding religious decline observed in most Western countries is a universal one. The research will thus address a major unresolved issue concerning the relations between religion, science and modernisation. It will also shed light on a crucial issue for global security¿namely, whether modernization leads inexorably to secular, liberal democratic states, or whether new forms of technologically advanced, yet intrinsically religious states are possible.
Grant type:
ARC Australian Laureate Fellowships
  • Director & Professorial Res Fellow
    Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities
    Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
    Affiliate Academic
    School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry
    Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Funded by:
Australian Research Council