Religion and Science

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Religion and Science

This course is a study of the relationship between religion and science. Primary but not exclusive emphasis will be placed on the religion-science debates as they have developed in relation to modern science and understandings of Western theism. Attention will be devoted to the ways in which the fields of religion and science are variously understood from those within these traditions as well as from those who are commenting from a stated outside perspective. Entailed in this will be an analysis of the types of questions offered by scientific and religious individuals and communities. During the semester, we will explore a variety of viewpoints on this relationship in an attempt to arrive at a better understanding of the complexity of the interaction between religion and science in human culture. Particular attention will be devoted to the interaction of religion with evolutionary and ecological science as well as to the ways in which this interaction contributes to environmental concern. This emphasis will then be connected to the ways in which understandings of religion and science relate to cultural diversity and attempts to establish equality and equity in human cultures.