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    The relationship between Christian theology and science has for the most part been a richand constructive one, occasional tensions not withstanding. This paper will explore thehistory of the relationship between these two spheres of human enquiry and investigate thecurrent prospects for fruitful interaction between theology and science.

    About this paper

    Paper title Special Topic: Theology and Science
    Subject Christian Thought and History
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period(s) 1st Non standard period (11 November 2024 - 14 December 2024) (Distance learning)
    1st Non standard period (11 November 2024 - 14 December 2024) (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $981.75
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    18 200-level points
    Schedule C
    Arts and Music, Theology

    Restriction: CHTH217


    Professor David Tombs

    Teaching staff

    Dr Nicola Hoaggard Creegan

    Paper Structure

    • Models of Interaction: past and present.
    • Reading and Writing theology.
    • Historical Landmarks.
    • Darwinism in 19th Century New Zealand.
    • Creation, God and Science: the historical interactions with biology and physics.
    • Issues in Biology and theology.
    • Contemporary Interactions with biology and physics.
    • Contemporary interactions with biology and physics.
    • Ecology.
    • Bioethics and AI.

    Teaching Arrangements

    This paper is taught via Distance with one two hour and one three hour videoconference per week.

    Distance students participate live via Zoom. Students who are unable to join classes live can watch recordings at a later time.


    To be advised when paper next offered.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised

    Global Perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Critical Thinking, Self-motivation.
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    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete the paper will:

    1. Show familiarity with different models of and approaches to the science/theology interface;
    2. Be able to identify the different forms of evidence, and styles of writing and research used in the sciences and theology.
    3. Understand some of the historical threads of engagement between faith institutions and Science;
    4. Give an informed and critical account of selected ethical issues at the boundary of faith and Science, especially as they relate to the status of other animals and ecology;
    5. Show the relevance of sources in popular culture for exploring major themes in the engagement between Theology and Science; and
    6. Articulate critically some of the main challenges and opportunities for Theology as it interacts with both Biology/Anthropology and Physics.


    1st Non standard period (11 November 2024 - 14 December 2024)

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught through Distance Learning
    Learning management system

    1st Non standard period (11 November 2024 - 14 December 2024)

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system
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