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  • Considering God's Works

    The Bible instructs Christians to consider the works of the Creator (Ps 111:2, Ps 19:1-6, Ps 8, Job 37:14) and Scripture tells us that even “God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature” may be clearly seen and “understood from what has been made” (Rom 1:20). Consequently, to believe in God as the Creator of the universe entails our making an effort to know more about the world God created—together with its beauty, its mystery, its wonder, its history, its vastness, its laws, its horrors, and its limits.

    In this class we will behold God’s cosmos through the lenses of the natural sciences and the philosophy of science. With the help of the ever-attentive eyes of the natural sciences we will explore the majesty of the material reality that God has created and continues to create. Learning what science is and is not, we will discover how theological and scientific truths interrelate, and how specific areas of scientific knowledge interact with, challenge, and uphold key areas of Christian belief.

    Scientists in Congregations

    John Templeton Foundation

    » Course Syllabus (pdf)

    Lectures on Vimeo


    Classes

    Week 18:
    “Considering God's Works”: Conclusions and Final Thoughts
    Week 17:
    The End of the World: Theological & Scientific Perspectives on Cosmic Eschatology
    Week 16:
    The Problem of Evil & the Natural Sciences
    Week 15:
    Cognitive Science, Morality, & the Emergence of the Human Person
    Week 14:
    Human Nature, Neuroscience, & the Soul
    Week 13:
    The Physical Resurrection of Jesus & the Fact that Matter Matters
    Week 12:
    Divine Action, Miracles, & Contemporary Science?
    Week 11:
    What Does it Mean to be Human?
    Week 10:
    The Creation and Evolution of Life: Part II
    Week 9:
    The Creation and Evolution of Life: Part I
    Week 8:
    "In the Beginning": Part II
    Week 7:
    “In the Beginning”: Part I
    Week 6:
    The Sectarian Origins of Young Earth Creationism
    Week 5:
    The Metaphysical Foundations of Science and the Role of Science in Faith
    Week 4:
    The War that Never Was—Unmaking the Myth of the “Historical Conflict Between Christianity and Science”
    Week 3:
    How Early Christians Read Their Bible and Understood the World of Nature
    Week 2:
    The Nature of Truth and Limits in Science and Theology
    Week 1:
    What is Science?: Perspectives from the Philosophy of Science