Science and Theology
Since the advent of modernity it has become increasingly common for people to view science and religion as being in conflict with one another. According to scientism and the new atheists, this is because the former relies on rationality and evidence, whilst the latter is the result of faith and superstition. In this course, we will offer a robust theological response to such polarization, developing in its place a complementary—even coinherent—position that shows how each of these great traditions of thought have “deep mutual relations” (T.F. Torrance) and are the richer for the reality of the other. By considering commonalities of epistemology, ontology, aesthetics, as well as in-depth looks at particular sciences, we will demonstrate that there is much more overlap between theology and science than is commonly thought. Ultimately, we show that there is no contradiction between Scripture as properly interpreted and science as properly observed, and that science is not something that should be feared by Christians. Rather, science can become an expression of our curiosity and wonder and a means for deepening our worship. We will also encourage those in scientific vocations to re-discover their work as a participation in God’s work in the world.
Live Online and Recorded: This course is being offered online with live class sessions in Winter 2021. Recordings of each class will be made available on the course Moodle site for 48 hours after the class. If you are not able to attend the live sessions due to living in a distant time zone, you may appeal to the Senior Academic Administrator for permission to take the course by using the recordings.
On Campus: A limited number of seats are available for on-campus participation in this course. If you wish to attend class on campus, you must register by November 29 and indicate your preference for on-campus instruction.