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Religion and the Scientific Imagination

RELI 282
Spring 2019
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: SISP 282
Course Cluster: Christianity Studies

Do religion and science conflict, or are they in harmony? Does evolution disprove biblical creation stories, or confirm them? Why does the cosmos inspire such overwhelming spiritual awe? Who cares about the new atheists? Is artificial intelligence a sign of the end times? Are New Agers on to something? In this class we'll take on all those questions and more as we explore the many ways "religion" and "science" have interacted, conflicted, collided, and combined. We'll have two goals: First, we'll read a wide array of primary sources--from scientists, philosophers, crackpots, and techies--that ask how science and religion interact in the modern world. Second, we'll focus on our own writing, as a way of reflecting on our readings and communicating with broader publics. How would we explain religion and science to a theologian, a policy-maker, or a stubborn family member? Together, we'll discuss what science and religion mean today, as well as how we can lead others through this weird and unpredictable conversation.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS RELI
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (EDST)(RELI-MN)(RELI)(STS)
Past Enrollment Probability: 50% - 74%

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