Dates: 28/11/2016 - 02/12/2016
Mode of Delivery: Onsite and Online
Level: 5 (Year 2)
The module will cover the following topics:
•Definition of ‘science’. Introduction to the philosophy of science and how it is related to theology.
•The conflict model and other possible relationships between science and religion.
•The Galileo affair. A case study of the classic encounter between science and religion.
•Copernicus and the place of humanity in the cosmos.
•Newton and the Enlightenment of the 17th century.
•‘Nature red in tooth and claw’ reactions to Darwin in the 19th century.
•Rise of Fundamentalism, Positivism, Scientism versus Critical Realism.
•Big Bang and creation. A new argument from design?
•God the destroyer, scientific and theological eschatology.
•The implications of Quantum physics: God and quantum indeterminacy.
This module is Bhaktivedanta College’s BA degree program in Theology and Religious Studies, accredited by the University of Chester. To pursue the BA, you must complete the application procedure and be accepted into the program. The academic year starts in September. This module can also be taken without special requirements. You may study the BA module as an auditing participant, independent of BA accreditation, without an obligation to complete the final assessment. You would be expected to complete the reading assignments, view/hear the lectures, and take part in the discussion forums. By clicking “Enrol Now” you will be redirected to Bhaktivedanta College Online Campus, where you will proceed with registration and payment. The Paypal fee for this module is €99 fully inclusive. Once your registration is complete, you will have access to the virtual classroom and all learning materials. Upon successfully completing this module, you will be awarded with a Certificate of Attendance mailed to your home address.
Gopal Hari Dasa teaches Readings in Vaisnava Acharyas and Science and Religion at the Bhaktivedanta College. He is a disciple of H. H. Gopal Krishna Goswami. Gopal Hari completed a Masters in Science and Religion and is currently pursuing a doctorate in Hindu Studies at the University of Oxford, UK. His research interests include conceptions of consciousness, nature and divine agency in classical and contemporary Indian thought. Before coming to the UK, Gopal Hari completed a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and an M.S. in Artificial Intelligence from Boise State University in Idaho, USA, where his parents run the ISKCON Boise temple. Gopal Hari is a regular speaker at interfaith events and university classes, and has been a contributor to radio and television channels on topics of religion, ethics, and science and religion.
Expected Student Learning Activity and Contact Hours
100 hours notional learning hours of which 16 hours will be contact time
Students are expected to attend all lectures and seminars
The module will cover the following topics:
• Definition of ‘science’. Introduction to the philosophy of science and how it is related to theology.
• The conflict model and other possible relationships between science and religion.
• The Galileo affair. A case study of the classic encounter between science and religion.
• Copernicus and the place of humanity in the cosmos.
• Newton and the Enlightenment of the 17th century.
• ‘Nature red in tooth and claw’ reactions to Darwin in the 19th century.
• Rise of Fundamentalism, Positivism, Scientism versus Critical Realism.
• Big Bang and creation. A new argument from design?
• God the destroyer, scientific and theological eschatology.
• The implications of Quantum physics: God and quantum indeterminacy.
•To provide an introduction to the historical and conceptual relation between science and religion.
•To convey knowledge of case studies and understanding to allow intelligent engagement in the debate.
Methods of Learning and Teaching and Formative Assessment
Lecturing, whole class discussions, presentations by students, group discussions, video excerpts, power point presentations, interactive learning exercises.
By the end of the module the students will demonstrate an ability to:
- Show a thorough knowledge of some of the scientific ‘landmarks’ in history and an understanding of their impact on Western theological understanding.
- Recognise and evaluate the different ways science and religion attempt to explain reality and to uncover ‘truth’.
- Show an ability to accurately and relevantly apply theory of the philosophy of science and scientific terminology to theological debate.
- Undertake academic research of relevant publications and periodicals.
Assessment and Reassessment Components and Weighting
A 2,000-word essay (100%) [LO1-4].
Reassessment: As assessment.
Attridge. H. (Ed.), (2009). The Religion and Science Debate: Why Does It Continue?. Yale.
Barbour, Ian G. (2000). When Science Meets Religion. London: SPCK.
Barbour, Ian G. (1997). Religion and Science: Historical and Contemporary Issues. London: SCM Brooke, J. & Cantor, G. (1998). Reconstructing Nature. Edinburgh: T & T Clark.
Harrison, P. (Ed.), (2010). The Cambridge Companion to Science and Religion. Cambridge: CUP.
McGrath, A. (2009). Science and Religion: A New Introduction. Wiley-Blackwell.
Peacocke, A. (2001). Paths from Science Towards God: The End Of All Our Exploring. Oxford: One World.
Polkinghorne, J. C. (2000). Faith, Science and Understanding. London: SPCK.
Ruse, M. (2010). Science and Spirituality: Making Room for Faith in the Age of Science. Cambridge.
Southgate, C., et al (1999). God, Humanity and the Cosmos: A textbook in Science and Religion. Edinburgh: T & T Clark.