Science and Religion

REL958
Spring 2018
Th 1:30-3:20pm
Area: 
Area V
Professor: 
Permission Not Required
No Limit to Enrollment
Course Description: 

A philosophical exploration of the relationship between science and religion. Questions to be treated include the following: Does religion answer questions better left to science? Is the apparent “fine-tuning” of the physical constants evidence for a designer? Can a universe that is not designed have a purpose? Does science challenge religious perspectives on the mind, soul and will? Is contemporary evolutionary theory compatible with the view that human beings are created in God’s image? Does the cognitive science of religion supply reasons for doubting the rational standing of religious belief? Is scientific naturalism in tension with cognitive self-trust?

Background Expected: 

None

Course Requirements: 

70-100 pages/week; two 6-8 page papers; final exam; weekly attendance.

Basis of Evaluation: 

The papers and final exam will each count for 1/3 of grade; participation may boost grade.