RLST 354 RELIGION AND SCIENCE Fall 2014 Historic Encounters, Contemporary Issues
"The religion that is afraid of science dishonors God and commits suicide." Ralph Waldo Emerson
Instructor: Rose Ann Christian Phone: (410) 704-2751 Office: Liberal Arts 4125 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Office Hours: Tuesday, 11:00-12:00 and 5:00-5:30; Thursday, 12:00-1:00 and 5:00-5:30; and by appointment. Please feel welcome to stop by during regular office hours. Should your schedule conflict with my scheduled office hours, please don't hesitate to request an appointment.
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CATALOG DESCRIPTION Exploration of alternative conceptions of the relation of religion and science; consideration of
specific instances, both historic and contemporary, of their encounter and/or engagement. PREREQUISITES: One course in Religious Studies or Philosophy, or consent of the instructor.
COURSE DESCRIPTION and OBJECTIVES The relation between religion and science is a matter vigorously debated and hotly
contested in contemporary America. While determined spokespersons for religion, on the one hand, and prominent representatives of science, on the other, may conceive the relation as antagonistic, other informed observers understand the relation to be more nuanced and more complex. Are religion and science - religions and the sciences - inevitably to be locked in conflict? Or do they belong to independent spheres? Might they engage in fruitful dialogue? Or is an integration of the two in some sense or in some way a possibility?
It is the aim of this course to explore alternative conceptions and various dimensions of the relation of religion and science through consideration of specific instances of their engagement and/or encounter, both historic and contemporary.