Religious Cosmology and Geology

Course Information
TitleΘρησκευτική Κοσμολογία και Γεωλογία / Religious Cosmology and Geology
SchoolSocial Theology and Christian Culture
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
CoordinatorEleni Antonopoulou
Course ID600014281

Class Information
Academic Year2019 – 2020
Class PeriodSpring
Instructors from Other Categories
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Knowledge Deepening / Consolidation
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
After successful completion of this course, student will be able to identify scientific ideas within the cosmogony myths and to interpret the beyond their mythological scope.
General Competences
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
The course aims to familiarize the student with the explanations that were given by various religions regarding the origins of the universe as well as certain geological phenomena. Additionally, through creation stories, major geological phenomena will be identified and explained. Finally, emphasis will be given on the Hexaemeron of St. Basil the Great. Course outline: 1. Geology – scope, history, religion 2. Geological features in religious cosmogonies 3. St. Basil’s the Great Hexaemeron 4. The Heaven and the Earth 5. The creation of light 6. The gathering of the waters 7. The creation of stars 8. The creation of plants and animals 9. Religious cosmogony and geology: Earthquakes 10. Religious cosmogony and geology: Flood 11. Religious cosmogony and geology: The age of the Earth 12. Presentation of term papers 13. Presentation of term papers
Cosmogony, geo-mythology, creation stories, deluge, St. Basil Hexaemeron
Educational Material Types
  • Slide presentations
  • Multimedia
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Course Organization
Reading Assigment351.4
Written assigments251
Student Assessment
For their final assessment, students have to prepare an essay and present it during the last lecture of the semester (100% of the final grade). Alternatively, those that do not wish to prepare and essay, will have to take an oral exam during the examination period of the School (100% of the final grade).
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Summative)
  • Oral Exams (Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Μ.Δ. Δερμιτζάκης (2007): Γεωλογικές προσεγγίσεις στην Εξαήμερο του Μεγάλου Βασιλείου. Εκδόσεις Αρμός.
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