International Conference: “Coordinating the Two Books”

Jetze Touber and Steven Vanden Broecke, in conjunction with the IEMH, are organising a conference on November 22-23, 2018, titled “Coordinating the Two Books: God’s Word and the Natural World in Early Modern Catholic Europe.”

This conference examines the configuration of confessional interests and epistemic concerns at the interface of hermeneutics and science. Current historiography does not appreciate early modern Catholic endeavours in generating knowledge about the Book of Nature and the Word of God in their own right. At best, they tend to be regarded as a stepping stone to the ‘real thing’, the Protestant study of nature as an act of devotion to God. It is high time to re-integrate early modern Catholic intellectual output in the received history of ways of managing religious and natural knowledge. This conference aims to contribute to studying Catholic’s proper trajectory in aligning natural enquiry and textual authority.

For the final programme, click here.

For a copy of the conference flyer, click here.

To register, please contact Jetze Touber at