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Approx. 35 hours to complete

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Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Introduction

During the first week of the course we will introduce the new and exciting Science-Religion Dialogue and point out that simple dichotomies and conflations lead to the commonly perceived warfare relationship between Science and Religion. As an initial move away from the conflict approach, this section examines the longstanding notion of a peaceful relationship known as the “Two Divine Books.” The Book of God’s Words is Scripture; the Book of God’s Works is nature. The definition of numerous categories (or terms) will begin the process for you to think critically about the issues and to defend your provisional position on the relationship between Science and Religion. We also introduce the first of the two foundational principles in this course. It is a philosophical principle termed “The Metaphysics-Physics Principle.”...
Reading
17 videos (Total 122 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video17 videos
Summary of Course Topics16m
Tips on How to Use Course Materials4m
Episode 1: The Problem: Science & Religion Warfare9m
Episode 2: Common Understanding of "Religion" & "Creation"6m
Episode 3: Lamoureaux's Position. New Science-Religion Dialogue (Scientific Community)9m
Episode 4: New Science-Religion Dialogue (Religious Community), Dawkins Criticism of Dialogue7m
Episode 5: Provisional Science-Religion Relationships & Conclusion5m
Episode 6: Key Thoughts6m
Episode 7: Theology: General Categories4m
Episode 8: Christianity: General Categories6m
Episode 9: Categories of Divine Revelation7m
Episode 10: The Two Divine Books & Categories of Divine Action9m
Episode 11: Philosophy: General Categories6m
Episode 12: Philosophy: General Categories (Continued) The Metaphysics-Physics Principle5m
Episode 13: The Metaphysics-Physics Principle (Continued)5m
Greek Alphabet5m
Reading1 reading
Week 1 Survey10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Introduction & Categories I20m
Week
2
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Categories & Principles II & III

In this final section on Categories and Principles, we will consider foundational and religious epistemological (theory of knowledge) categories. In particular, does a belief in God, or a lack of belief in God, impact the step of faith or intellect jump in the Metaphysics-Physics Principle? This week also introduces the second foundational principle of this course termed “The Message-Incident Principle.” This is a hermeneutical principle for interpreting religious texts dealing with statements about the natural world. In order to develop a peaceful relationship between Science and Religion, it is critical to understand that religious texts like the Bible feature an ancient understanding of nature (i.e., an ancient science). During this week we also outline the basic positions on the origin of the universe and life—Young Earth Creation, Progressive Creation, Evolutionary Creation, Deistic Evolution, and Dysteleological Evolution....
Reading
16 videos (Total 97 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video16 videos
Episode 15: Philosophy: Epistemological Categories (Continued)6m
Episode 16: Philosophy: Epistemological Categories (Continued)6m
Episode 17: Hermeneutical Categories5m
Episode 18: Eisegesis, Exegesis & Hermeneutical Horizons8m
Episode 19: Hermeneutical Gaps & Biblical Inerrancy5m
Episode 20: Categories of Biblical Statements7m
Episode 21: Categories of Poetic Language & Phenomenological Perspective4m
Episode 22: Categories of Biblical Concordism & Correspondence6m
Episode 23: The Message-Incident Principle & Origins Debate: General Categories6m
Episode 24: Origins Debate: General Categories (Continued)6m
Episode 25: Origins Debate: Specific Categories5m
Episode 26: Practical Considerations5m
Episode 27: Conclusion: Categories & Principles 1-35m
Episode 28: Conclusion: Categories & Principles 1-3 (Continued)3m
Hebrew Alphabet8m
Reading1 reading
Week 2 Survey10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Categories II & III20m
Week
3
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

What Is Religion?

This is a course on the relationship between Science and Religion, and in order to develop a relationship between them we first need to define them. Five different definitions of religion from various academic schools are presented, including those from religious studies, psychology, and philosophy. Notably, the academic definition of religion is wide and quite inclusive. In light of this information, we then outline the academic understanding of the Doctrine of Creation. During this week, we begin to examine specific Hermeneutical Principles. The Principle of Accommodation is the most important interpretive principle in Science and Religion allowing individuals to move away from scientific concordism and the notion that religious texts like the Bible offer scientific facts....
Reading
20 videos (Total 100 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video20 videos
Episode 30: Statistics on Religious Belief (Continued)4m
Episode 31: Religious Studies Definition of Religion5m
Episode 32: Religious Studies Definition of Religion (Continued)4m
Episode 33: Conclusion: Religious Studies Definition of Religion4m
Episode 34: Psychological Definition of Religion I4m
Episode 35: Psychological Definition of Religion II5m
Episode 36: Conclusion: Psychological Definitions of Religion I & II5m
Episode 37: Philosophical Definition of Religion I3m
Episode 38: Excursus: Criticisms of Philosophical Approaches to Religion4m
Episode 39: Philosophical Definition of Religion II4m
Episode 40: Types of Religions4m
Episode 41: Excursus: Doctrine of Creation5m
Episode 42: Conclusion: What is Religion?4m
Episode 43: Conclusion: What is Religion? (Continued)4m
Episode 44: Toward a Working Definition of Religion (Lamoureux)6m
Hermeneutics 1: Literalism5m
Hermeneutics 2: Literary Genre3m
Hermeneutics 3: Accommodation8m
Hermeneutics 4: Textual Criticism4m
Reading1 reading
Week 3 Survey10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Religion20m
Week
4
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

What Is Science?

In continuing with our exploration of the terms Science and Religion, this week we introduce five different definitions of science using historical examples—prehistoric science, Egyptian and Mesopotamian science, Greek science, modern science, and post-modern science. Notably, we will note that science has powerfully impacted religion throughout history. Like that of religion, the academic definition of science is wide. In particular, it has been intimately/inevitably connected to metaphysical beliefs. This section also outlines Critical Realism. This is philosophy of science embraced by a majority of Science and Religion scholars....
Reading
25 videos (Total 123 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video25 videos
Episode 46: Conceptions of Science: Ancient Space4m
Episode 47: Prehistoric Science & Oral Tradition4m
Episode 48: The Account of Origins in Oral Traditions: Is It Science?4m
Episode 49: The Account of Origins in Oral Traditions: Is It Science? (Continued)4m
Episode 50: The Account of Origins in Oral Traditions: Is It Science? (Conclusion)4m
Episode 51: Oral Tradition & Genesis 1-114m
Episode 52: Oral Tradition & Genesis I-II (Continued)5m
Episode 53: Oral Tradition & Message-Incident Principle4m
Episode 54: Egyptian & Mesopotamian Science5m
Episode 55: Egyptian & Mesopotamian Science (Continued)8m
Episode 56: Greek Science5m
Episode 57: Conclusion: Ancient Science. Modern Science4m
Episode 58: The Peak of Scientism5m
Episode 59: The Peak of Scientism (Continued)4m
Episode 60: The Peak of Scientism (Conclusion). Post-Modernity & Anti-Realism4m
Episode 61: Early 20th Century Scientific Discoveries. Categories of Anti-Realism4m
Episode 62: Critical Realism: Between Scientism & Anti-Realism4m
Episode 63: Theory Laden Character of Science: Social & Personal Factors5m
Episode 64: Excursus: Critical Realism - A New Philosophy of Science5m
Episode 65: Conclusion: John Polkinghorne & Critical Realism5m
Episode 66: Conclusion: What is Science? Toward a Working Definition of Science (Lamoureux)6m
Hermeneutics 5: Dynamic Equivalent Translation4m
Hermeneutics 6: Sufficiency & Proficiency2m
Hermeneutics 7: Implicit Scientific Concepts6m
Reading1 reading
Week 4 Survey10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Science20m
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By DJNov 25th 2017

This course has many insights that can help one integrate one's faith and one's science. I recommend it highly. The teacher put in a massive amount of work in this project and it shows.

By CRDec 11th 2017

A must-take course for anyone interested in the interface between science and religion. It provides useful foundations that would take a lot of time and reading to arrive at otherwise.

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Denis Lamoureux

Associate Professor
St. Joseph's College

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