College of Arts and Sciences | Evolution, Religion, and Society
E104 | 7781 | Lloyd

11:15 AM - 12:05 PM MW
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Part of Themester 2009 "Evolution, Diversity and Change"

This Topics course will introduce students to the history and
philosophy of science in general, and to the complex and changing
relationships between religion and modern science in particular.
The focus will be on the problem of explaining the origins, forms,
adaptations, and distributions of living things, and the
controversies surrounding Charles Darwin's theory of evolution.  We
will begin with the state of the problem in early nineteenth-century
Britain, follow Darwin's own intellectual journey from natural
theology to natural selection, then analyze the reception of
Darwin's ideas and the development of the evolution-creation debate
in the United States from the 1920s through the 1980s.  The course
will then conclude with an overview of the intelligent-design
controversy and a look at current events and strategies for
influencing legal and public opinion and for asserting control of
science curricula.  At every stage of the story, we will examine the
arguments for and against a variety of theories, and the historical
contexts in which people have found these arguments to be convincing
and important.