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Science and Religion

Semester and Year FA 2016
Course Number IDSEM-UG1514
Section 001
Instructor Matthew Stanley
Days MW
Time 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
Units 4
Level U
Requirement   SCI, EARLY



In this course we examine the complex interactions between science and religion through history. While most popular presentations of science and religion often descend into simplistic models of conflict (the secular nature of modern science and its repeated conflicts with religion) or cooperation/co-existence (science and religion each have clearly defined domains), we explore a wider variety of relationships between the two. Moving beyond claims of superiority or mutual isolation, we consider the complicated negotiation of boundaries and proper authority between science and religion. We mainly focus on the relationship of science and various forms of Christianity, but we also discuss Buddhism, Hinduism, agnosticism, and atheism. Topics include: religion and the laws of nature; how scientists can be religious; natural theology; evolution and religion; miracles and medicine; the social role of science and religion; and the nature of life. Readings include Augustine, Galileo, Newton, Hume, Darwin, and Einstein.


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Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)