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Regular Courses in Science & Religion

Canada

University of Calgary

The University of Calgary supports a number of courses on themes and aspects of the history and contemporary debate about the relationship of Science and Religion. The scheduling of courses can vary year-to-year, recent courses have included:

History of Magic, Science, and Religion
An historical study of the development of and relationships among three worldviews by which Europeans have sought to understand the universe and human nature. Starting from late antiquity, the course includes the following topics: early Christianity and the natural world, the development of witchcraft, Christian responses to Greek science and philosophy, Hermetic magic in the Renaissance, and the Trial of Galileo.

Science and Religion in the Seventeenth Century
The course examines the varieties of ways in which science and religion interacted during the seventeenth century in Europe. Broad questions considered include: the relationship between science and scripture; doctrines of creation and providence and how they relate to the study of nature; the limits of mechanization; and divine activity in the natural world.

Religious Studies: Science and Religion
The courses problematizes and nuanes the on-going mutual co-definition of Science and Religion, and the ways in which the discussion is used rhetorically in contemporary culture. It considers the discussion as it takes place in media, films, science fiction and popular texts, as well as the historical and critical contexts of the relationship.

For further information about courses and other information please click here.


 

India

Jnana-Deepa Vidyapeeth (Pontifical Institute of Philosophy and Religion)

Ph.D. Programme in S-R Dialogue

Master Level Courses:

  1. Advanced Issues in Science and Religion. Staff: Dr. Kuruvilla Pandikattu, SJ.
  2. Philosophy of Science and Cosmology. Staff: Prof. Dr. Job
    Kozhamthadam, SJ. (This course focuses on issues in contemporary philosophy of science and in scientific cosmology, but the implications and relevance of these themes to s-r dialogue are always highlighted in the course.)

Bachelor Level Courses:

  1. Issues in Science & Religion. Staff: Dr. Kuruvilla Pnadikattu, SJ.
  2. The Challenge of Scientific Atheism and Religious Response. Staff: Prof. Dr. Job Kozhamthadam, SJ.
  3. Seminar: Genetic Revolution and Religion. Staff: Prof. Dr. Job Kozhamthadam, SJ.

 

UK

Durham University

MA / MSc Spirituality, Medicine, and Health

These programmes focus on the interdisciplinary and inter-professional issues that emerge in the study of spirituality and wellbeing, particularly in the healthcare context. It is possible to take an MA or MSc, depending upon the balance of theology and science options selected. Modules include 'Public Understanding of Science and Religion' and 'Theology, Ethics, and Medicine'.

See the relevant course page for information.


University of Edinburgh

MSc Science and Religion

The programme in Science and Religion is intended for students who wish to engage in the advanced interdisciplinary study of science and religion, including those who wish to prepare for subsequent PhD work.

The programme aims to inform and engage with the debate in depth, looking at it from scientific, philosophical, historical, ethical and theological perspectives. The history of science is studied from ancient times through the modern scientific revolution, together with philosophical trends in our understanding of reality. The main areas of dialogue between science and religion are explored in depth, including cosmology, evolution, divine action and miracles, consciousness and the human person.

For further information visit: http://www.ed.ac.uk/studying/postgraduate/finder/details.php?id=653


University of Exeter

BA Theology and Religion / BA Philosophy and Theology

The University of Exeter includes a module on 'Evolution, God and Gaia' as part of the BA in Theology and Religion and the BA in Philosophy and Theology. The module introduces evolutionary theory since the early 19th Century and the challenges posed for Christian theology. In particular, it looks at the development of evolution theory of intelligent design from the early debate pre-Darwin, through the contributions of Charles Darwin and beyond, considered alongside the Gaia Hypothesis.

Details can be obtained through www.huss.ex.ac.uk/theology


Glyndŵr University

MSc Psychology of Religion

An opportunity for those interested in the relationship between psychology and religion to deepen and broaden their understanding of this field up to Masters Level. The psychology of religion course provides an overview of classical theories and an in-depth assessment of current research within the field.

For information, see the course summary page.


Heythrop College, University of London

MA Psychology of Religion

The programme approaches religion from the standpoint of psychology, without assuming the truth of religious claims and values. By asking what psychology can offer to our understanding of people's religious beliefs, values, and behaviour, you will explore relationships between religious belief and behaviour, as well as those between religion, mental health and well-being, and the importance of social and contextual factors in religious development.

Note, Heythrop College recently announced that by 2018 the College will cease functioning in its current form. See the College's report on The Future of Heythrop College.

For information, see the course summary page.


University of Leeds

BA History and Philosophy of Science combinations

The University of Leeds offers two modules in the field of Science and Religion: Magic, Science and Religion (HPSC1015) and Science and Religion (HPSC3111).

These are provided within a number of History and Philosophy of Science combinations, presently including the 'BA History and Philosophy of Science and Theology and Religious Studies', the 'BA Philosophy and History and Philosophy of Science', and the 'BA History and History and Philosophy of Science'.

Leeds also includes an Ethics, Science and Religion topic option in the BA Liberal Arts course.


University of Oxford

MSt / DPhil Theology: Science and Religion

The Faculty of Theology at Oxford University offers Master of Studies (MSt) and Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil) study in Science and Religion. The MSt course offers the opportunity to deal with leading themes in the historical development of the relation of science and religion, the theological and philosophical questions that arise within the field, and major contemporary debates about God, science, and faith. Topics discussed include the Darwinian debates and their contemporary religious relevance; contemporary cosmology and doctrines of creation; issues in the scientific study of religion; natural theology; theology and the philosophy of science; and the origins and development of scientific atheism.

For information on the MSt see the course information page.

There is information on doctoral study in the Faculty available from the relevant pages.

BTh / CTh Theology

The Faculty of Theology and Religion at Oxford also offers Bachelor of Theology (BTh) and Certificate of Theology (CTh) degrees covering fundamental issues of Biblical Study, Christian Thought and Christian Ministry, including papers on 'Christian Faith and Science' and 'Christian Faith and Psychology'.

See the course summary page for information.

In addition to these postgraduate degrees, there are a number of papers offered at the Undergraduate level in the Faculties of Theology, History, and Philosophy which directly address science and religion issues. These include, for example, the Science and Religion paper offered by the Theology Faculty.


Online

Enlightening Science

The Enlightening Science project developed from the Newton Project (which is dedicated to publishing in full an online edition of all of Sir Isaac Newton's published and unpublished writings), and seeks to provide a wide range of digital resources in areas of Isaac Newton's thought and influence, including in Science and Religion.

The website includes Resources for Teachers with a number of video podcasts by Professor Rob Iliffe, Professor of Intellectual History and the History of Science at the University of Sussex, on subjects connected to Newton and religion.

See the main Englightening Science project website, and the Resources for Teachers page.


 

USA

Boston University

Science and Christianity in Europe and North America Since 1500: Examines the relationship between science and the Christian tradition in Europe and North America since 1500. Considers the epistemological and metaphysical foundations of both science and Christian thought as they have evolved over time. For further information please click here.

Boston University Graduate School offers a PhD in Science, Philosophy and Religion.
For further information please click here and further details may be found by clicking here. There is also an MA degree offered in the same program.

Boston University School of Theology offers a three-year MDiv degree, a two-year MTS degree, and a one-year STM degree with specializations in science and theology, drawing on the same resources described above. For further information please click here.

Both programs draw on the Boston Theological Institute, which links up libraries and course offerings from numerous Boston-area schools, including Boston College, Boston University, and Harvard University (see www.bostontheological.org). The Boston Theological Institute also offers a program in science and religion (see www.bostontheological.org/science_and_religion.html), including a number of course options in that field (see www.bostontheological.org/courses/4theologyd.html).


The Centre for Theology and the Natural Sciences

CTNS is an international non-profit organization dedicated to research, teaching and public service. The central scientific focus of CTNS is on developments in physics, cosmology, evolutionary biology, and genetics, with additional topics in the neurosciences, the environmental sciences, and mathematics. With regard to the theological task, CTNS engages in both Christian and multi-religious reflection. The Christian theological agenda focuses on the various doctrinal loci of systematic theology. The multi-religious agenda attends primarily to theological issues arising from the engagement between the sciences and religious traditions such as Islam, Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, and indigenous spiritualities.

For further information about courses and other information please click here.


Claremont Graduate University

Philosophy of Science and Philosophy of Religion
For further information click here.

What Does it Mean to be Human?
For further information click here.


University of Florida

Department of History - History of Western Science and Religion
For further information please click here.


Graduate Theological Union

The Graduate Theological Union offers a number of seminars, associated with a variety of qualifications and programmes, in areas related to the study of Science and Religion. Current and recent courses include:

ST-2645: Theological Anthropology
Theological Anthropology studies the reality and mystery of our human existence in light of Christian traditions of philosophy, theology and scripture, with a particular focus on the Catholic tradition. It attempts a foundational theological inquiry into human self-understanding, including concepts of person, affectivity, sexuality, individuality and community. This examination will also be informed by what we know from contemporary social and natural sciences.

ST-4364: Science, Theology, and Ethics
An introduction to modern conversations between Christian theology and the natural sciences: actually, an introduction to the field of Theology & Science. Emphasized will be the value of science for theological construction, ethical discernment, and pastoral ministry. Topics will include (1) whether or not science and faith really are at war; (2) physical cosmology and the Christian doctrine of creation; (3) theological implications of extraterrestrial life; (4) the controversy over evolution; (5) the ethical controversy in genetics over cloning and stem cells; (6) environmental and ecological ethics; (7) and ministry to and with scientists within Christian congregations.

ST-4826: Person, the Self, the Sciences
This seminar explores theological interpretations of the human person (theological anthropology) in the context of social, psychological, and evolutionary/neuro-scientific contributions to the field: the emergence of consciousness in cultural context; the role of autobiographical and social/community memory in forming identity; the structures and constraints that shape human freedom.

ST-6015: Theology and Science Research
This student led seminar allows doctoral students an opportunity to present scholarly research in theology and science to their peers and participating faculty.

For further information about courses and other information please click here.

MA/PhD Religion and Psychology

The Graduate Theological Union also offers a Religion and Psychology area of concentration for MA and PhD study. This area explores the contemporary disciplines of psychology, religious traditions, and modes of care and healing. Inherent to the area is the assumption that the resources of contemporary psychology, including social psychology, racial-ethnic, feminist, and cross-cultural perspectives, provide crucial theories and methods that enhance the quality of human life and enrich understandings of religion and theology.

The area is not currently (2015) accepting Doctoral students, though it remains available for Masters study.

See the area summary page for further information.


North Carolina State University

PHI 340 Philosophy of Science
Nature of science highlighted by differences between science and pseudoscience, relationships between science and religion, and roles of purpose-directed (teleological) and causal explanation in physical, life and social sciences.

For further information about courses and other information please click here.


University of Texas at Austin

Sentience, Culture, and Religion: SETI
Explores the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) and its relationship to culture and religion. One central question is whether SETI is a product of particular cultural and historical trands that have arisen in the US and that are evident through other cultural constructs such as Star Trek. Considers key ideas such as the Drake Equation and the Incommensurability Problem and looks at meanings and motivations behind issues like Percival Lowell's quest to prove the existence of canals on Mars and the development of Scientology.

For further information, see the John W. Traphagan courses page in the Department of Religious Studies.


Vanderbilt University

PhD Religion, Psychology, and Culture

The objective of the program in Religion, Psychology, and Culture (RPC) is to provide advanced study for students in religion and the psychological sciences in preparation for careers in teaching and scholarship. The program includes the study of theories and dynamics of personality, the praxis and theory of pastoral theology and care, and critical and constructive reflection on the methods and substance of both theology and psychology. Students are expected to develop competence in understandings of the human person in the social sciences and religion.

For information see the university's course summary page.


University of Wisconsin-Madison

Science, Medicine and Religion - History of Science/History of Medicine 331
This course explores the complex and often perplexing historical issues raised by three overlapping arenas of human expression: science, medicine, and religion. We begin with asking some broad questions about the place of scientific and medical inquiry within a variety of religious contexts, including ancient Greece, the Islamic world, and Christianity in western Europe. We then focus on debates specific to particular domains of scientific and medical inquiry, ranging from the medicalization of monstrous births and the religious implications of Copernicanism to natural theology, evolutionary theory, and the efficacy of intercessory prayer.

For further information please click here.


Online

Wesley Ministry Network

Religion and Science: Pathways to Truth, hosted by Francis S. Collins is a recently released new adult-education course for church groups. This course includes the contributions of 17 scientists and theologians addressing several key issues in the relationship between religion and science today.  

For further information please see http://www.wesleyministrynetwork.com/ptinfo.html


Free online OCW course, Science & Religion: Cognitive Neuroscience, from the University of California, Irvine.

A new free online OCW course, Science & Religion: Cognitive Neuroscience, from the University of California, Irvine. This is part of a pioneering 3-part Science and Religion series that will also include a course on evolutionary biology and a course on fundamental physics & cosmology. The courses are created and taught by Dr. Carol Trabing, whose PhDs are in philosophy of science and philosophy of religion, along with a number of collaborating advisors.

To get a taste of the content of the course, scroll down on the course homepage and click on one of the Lectures. Lectures 1 and 2 are atypical because very introductory. To get a better idea of what the course is about, dip into one of the later Lectures. Lecture 9 is a favorite with students, as is Lecture 7.

See course Social Science 130B: Science and Religion II: Cognitive Neuroscience at ocw.uci.edu/courses/#social_science_130b_science_and_religion_ii__cognitive_neuroscience-acc-10


 

 
     
 

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