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CH527: CHRISTIANITY AND SCIENCE IN HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE. Nathan P. Feldmeth.
DESCRIPTION: Scientific development since the sixteenth century has affected nearly every aspect of human culture—including the Christian church. This course will examine both the ancient harmony and modern tension that have developed when Christian theology and scientific inquiry intersect. The scope of study will range from the foundations of Western science in ancient Greece, to recent developments in biology, cosmology, physics, psychology, and medicine.
SIGNIFICANCE FOR LIFE AND MINISTRY: The Christian teacher, writer, counselor, and preacher of the twenty-first century will need at least a basic knowledge of the interplay between the sciences and Christian theology. This course will provide a structure and context for that understanding.
LEARNING OUTCOMES: Students in this course of study can expect to acquire the tools to think critically about the key issues generated by the intersection of theology and science. Although not an apologetics course per se, students will become conversant with several contemporary debates in the church, including creationism, intelligent design, cloning, and genetic engineering.
COURSE FORMAT: This class will follow a seminar model, and students will be asked to participate in class discussions that will draw upon assigned readings. Lectures and videos will also be employed. Class will meet weekly for three-and-a-half-hour sessions.
Collins, Francis S. The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief. Free Press, 2007. ISBN: 978-14165422742. Pub. Price: 15.99
Dawkins, Richard. The Blind Watchmaker. New York: W.W. Norton, 1996. ISBN: 978-0393315707 . Pub. Price:$18.95 .
Desmond, Adrian. Darwin: The Life of a Tormented Evolutionist. New York: W.W. Norton ,1994. ISBN: 978-0393311501. Pub. Price: $39.95.
Dowe, Phil. Galileo, Darwin and Hawking. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2005. ISBN: 978-0802826961. Pub. Price: $24.00.
Freud, Sigmund. The Future of an Illusion. New York: W.W. Norton, 1989. ISBN: 978-0393008319. Pub. Price: $13.95.
Lindberg, David C., and Ronald L. Numbers. God and Nature: Historical Essays on the Encounter between Christianity and Science. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1986. ISBN: 978-0520056923 . Pub. Price: $36.95.
Polkinghorne, John C. Science and Creation: The Search for Understanding. Philadelphia: Templeton Foundation Press, 2005. ISBN: 978-1599471006. Pub. Price: $14.95.
Barbour, Ian G.When Science Meets Religion. San Francisco: HarperOne, 2000. ISBN: 978-0060603816. Pub. Price: . $16.99
Darwin, Charles. Autobiography. Dover Press (Out of print).
Darwin, Charles. The Voyage of the Beagle. New York: Penguin Books, 1989. ISBN: 978-0140432688. Pub. Price: $14.00
Dawkins, Richard. The Selfish Gene. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006. ISBN: 978-0199291151. Pub. Price: $19.95.
Livingstone, David N. Darwin’s Forgotten Defenders. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1987. ISBN: 978-1573830935. Pub. Price: $19.95.
Murphy, Nancey. Reconciling Theology and Science: A Radical Perspective. Kitchener: Pandora Press, 1997. ISBN: 978-0969876243. Pub. Price: $117 .
Pais, Abraham. Subtle Is the Lord: The Science and Life of Albert Einstein. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005. ISBN: 978-0192806727. Pub. Price: $27.95.
ASSIGNMENTS AND ASSESSMENT: Reading assignments from the required texts will be included in the syllabus. Students are expected to come to class prepared for discussion on the relevant topics covered in the readings. Three papers of five to seven pages each will be due in stated intervals. The three papers will be weighted equally in determining the course grade.
RELATIONSHIP TO CURRICULUM: Elective.
NOTE: This ECD is a reliable guide to the course design but is subject to modification. Textbook prices are set by publishers and are subject to change.