History and Philosophy Of Science | Science and Religion in Historical Perspective (2nd 8 wks course)
X223 | 29162 | Carl Pearson

Science and Religion in Historical Perspective

For most of Western history, science and religion have coexisted
relatively peacefully and reinforced one another’s legitimacy.
Although some moments occasioned conflict, most of the great
intellectual debates of the last 2600 years arguably have been intra-
religious, intra-scientific, or both.  Over the course of the last
few centuries, this has changed and now science and religion are
regularly described as being at war.  This class attempts both to
explore those great intellectual debates in their historical
contexts and to seek explanations for the emergence of the
science/religion dichotomy in the modern era.  Topics include:
theology—ancient and medieval—as science; modern natural theology
and design arguments; God’s relation to the natural world; the pre-
adamic people controversy; nineteenth-century linguistics and race
science; God as creator/Man as creator/Woman as creator; scientific
attempts to understand religion.