The Evolution and Religion research theme examines the entanglements of evolution and religion in the production of knowledge, identity and social categories through history. Evolutionary theory and religion both seek to provide a synthetic framework for understanding the world and our place in it. Each has provided the basis for a range of understandings of human nature, gender roles and racial identity. Historically there have been times when evolution and religion have conflicted on these points, but there are also moments when they have aided and influenced on another. We largely set aside the question of whether evolution or religion are fundamentally in conflict or in harmony, in order to ask how each have served as bases for morality and broad social decisions.
We are particularly interested in the interactions between evolution and religion on these broad themes:
1. Gender, sex difference and sexuality
2. Race and ethnicity
3. The capacity for human autonomy in relationship to ethics and morality