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The Age of Unreason: Theological Reflections of an Information Scientist

The Age of Unreason was the title of a public lecture given at UCLAN in 2010, which represented the halfway point in a long journey to the publication of the book Theological Reflections of an Information Scientist.

The journey started in 2008, when I was approached to write a book about science and religion for an academic book series by a well respected academic publisher. I agreed to do this, but was dismayed when I discovered that the title if published would retail at over £70 and find its way in small numbers into a few academic libraries.

At the same time, a number of people expressed interest in the project and in reading the result of the writing process. The highlight of the writing process was an invitation from Rev Dr Ralph Waller to study at Harris Manchester College in Oxford where I was able to meet and discuss with Professor Peter Harrison, at that time Director of the Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion. In spite of the inputs from these, and other wise men and women, the output remains very much my own.

In 2010, I was invited to give a public lecture on the topic in my own University, UCLAN in Preston. The theme of this lecture was the growth in unreason amongst both religious fundamentalists and their diametrically opposed antagonists, the aggressive atheists. A 7-minute film has been derived from the key points of the lecture which may be viewed at this site.

Towards the end of 2010, I left full time academia to pursue a career at the Hope Street Centre. Editorial differences with the initial intended publisher left me free to pursue a more egalitarian publishing strategy, which has led to the publication of a hardback, paperback and e-book edition available from this site.

So watch the film, read the sample pages and then hopefully buy one of the editions of my book.

Alan Gillies
Chorley, 2012