Wednesday, April 11, 2012

New Course in Science and Religion to be Offered by Professor Evan Ragland

Professor Evan Ragland is introducing a new history course for Fall Semester 2012. It is listed as History 498/598 and is entitled "History of Western Science and Religion." The class will be taught on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:20-3:40pm.

Often depicted as enemies armed and embattled, science and religion have related in history in powerful and fascinating ways. This course aims to address such questions as ‘What is the relationship between science and religion?’ ‘Have things changed significantly over time?’ and ‘Who cares?’ We will also be able to examine notions of ‘popular science’ and engage historical controversies, including the ongoing use and abuse of the trial of Galileo, biblical chronology and geology, the Scopes Trial, and the current debates over Intelligent Design and evolution in American education.

Pictured here, Johannes Kepler reconstructs God’s cosmic architecture.

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