Are science and religion in conflict? Beginning with this question, the nature of religion and science and the differing conceptions of knowledge found in scientific and religious communities are examined.
Are science and religion in conflict? The idea that religion and science are in conflict was popular in the nineteenth century. It has recently been revived by the 'new atheists', writers such as Sam Harris and Richard Dawkins. But is it true? What is the relation between science and religion? Are they really at war? The paper invites students to answer this question by offering an analysis of the differing conceptions of knowledge to be found in scientific and religious communities.
|Paper title||Science, Religion and Knowledge|
|Teaching period||Not offered in 2020|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$904.05|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$3,954.75|
- 36 points
- RELS 325
- Schedule C
- Arts and Music, Theology
- More information link
View more information on the Religion website: www.otago.ac.nz/religion
- Teaching staff
Lecturer: Professor Greg Dawes
- Paper Structure
The paper has six parts:
- Part One: The Warfare Thesis
- Part Two: Science and Religion
- Part Three: Creationism as Case
- Part Four: Locating the Conflict
- Part Five: Norms and Knowledge
- Part Six: Science as a Religion
- Weekly exercises in class: 15%
- Essay outline: 5%
- An essay of no more than 2,000 words: 25%
- Final examination: 55%
- Teaching Arrangements
There will be three 50-minute classes each week, with one devoted to tutorial-style discussion.
- A coursebook has been developed for this paper.
- Course outline
- View sample course outline for RELS 225
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Critical thinking.
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- Learning Outcomes
- Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to
- Describe the nineteenth-century conflict thesis and the recent responses to it
- Offer a careful analysis of the various uses of the terms 'science' and 'religion'
- Describe the various dimensions of religion and the debates regarding the scope of science
- Analyse the conception of knowledge that is dominant in religious communities