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Science and Theology: Domains and Dogma
Saturday mornings, starting October 29, 9:00-11:30am (7-week series – no class Nov 26)
Instructor: John M. DeMassa, M.Div., Ph.D.
Location: Trinity Church, 300 North Benson Road, Fairfield CT 06824
Description: This course surveys the formal areas of science and theology identifying their topics of study, methodological practices and philosophical assumptions. In addition to comparing and contrasting each, a thorough historical evaluation will be explored helping to set the context for a full discussion on apparent areas of dispute and agreement. The student will also be exposed to contemporary scholarship that has thoughtfully constructed models holding these two great houses of truth in a cooperative worldview. We will lastly explore several questions of interest common to science and theology.
Textbooks: Samir Okasha, Philosophy of Science: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2002); David Ford, Theology: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2000). Other materials as listed in class schedule.
Schedule of Classes:
|Fall Semester||Fall 2011|
|Session 1: Science and Theology: The Big PictureTopics
Read: Okasha, Philosophy of Science, pp. 1-76
Alister McGrath, Has Science Killed God?, The Faraday Papers, #9, http://www.st-edmunds.cam.ac.uk/faraday/Papers.php.
|Session 2: What is Science? Topics
Read: Okasha, Philosophy of Science, pp. 77-134
|Session 3: What is Theology?Topics
Read: Ford, Theology, pp.3-48
|Session 4: What is Theology? Part 2Topics
Read: Ford, Theology, pp.125-175
(Extra: Ford, Theology, pp.49-82)
|Session 5: Science and Theology: Relating the TwoDenis Alexander, Models for Relating Science and Religion, The Faraday Papers, #3, www.faraday-institute.org.
Roger Trigg, Does Science Need Religion, The Faraday Papers, #2, http://www.st-edmunds.cam.ac.uk/faraday/Papers.php.
|Session 6: Nature and Creation John Polkinghorne, The Anthropic Principle and the Science and Religion Debate, The Faraday Papers, #4, additional readings to be posted. http://www.st-edmunds.cam.ac.uk/faraday/Papers.php
Donald B. DeYoung, Design in Nature: The Anthropic Principle, http://www.icr.org/article/design-nature-anthropic-principle/
Craig Rusbult, The Anthropic Principle: Is the fine tuning of nature due to a Multiverse and/or Intelligent Design? http://www.asa3.org/ASA/education/origins/anthropic-cr.htm
|Session 7: What is Man? Are We Only Material Beings?John J. Davis, Artificial Intelligence & the Christian Understanding of Personhood, The Frontiers of Science, 2002, p.103.;
Michael Poole, Reductionism: Help of Hindrance in Science and Religion? The Faraday Papers, #6;
Graeme Finlay Human Genomics and the Image of God, The Faraday Papers, #14;
Stuart J. Judge, Nothing But a Pack of Neurons? The Faraday Papers, #16, http://www.st-edmunds.cam.ac.uk/faraday/Papers.php,
Brian Thomas, Study Shows Humans Are Uniquely Designed for Music, http://www.icr.org/articles/view/5975/288/,
Brian Thomas, Origins Breakthroughs of 2010: Human Genetics, http://www.icr.org/articles/view/5857/288/,
Brian Thomas, Evolution Can’t Explain Dancing Babies, http://www.icr.org/articles/view/5314/288/
Attendance: Very important.
Homework: Projects or questions from each topic may be assigned for each session. These assignments are the responsibility of the student and should not be taken lightly. They will be collected, recorded and count toward your final grade. The best 6 assessments out of 7 will be weighted for the final grade.
Classes will meet at Trinity Church (room to be determined).
Details Subject to Change