After successful completion of the course students will be able: (1) utilizing the knowledge to discuss contemporary problems and theories concerning the relationship of science and theology, (2) to develop dialogue with the modern sciences, (3) to establish the epistemological limits of science with critical consideration of the results in people's lives.
Course Content (Syllabus)
The course aims to familiarize the student with the relationship of Science and the Christian Religion throughout the history of Europe. Points of either agreement or friction will be presented and their roots will be investigated. Finally, an effort will be made to identify and clarify the most common Science and Religion myths.
1. Science and Religion: An overview
2. Can a scientist believe inb God?
3. Historical review of the relationship between science and religion: From ancient times to Renaissance
4. Historical review of the relationship between science and religion: From the scientific revolution to the 20th century
5. Scientists – symbols of the relationship between science and religion: Giordano Bruno, Galileo, Isaac Newton
6. The theory of evolution: a brief overview
7. The theory of evolution: past and present perceptions of it
8. Science and the Eastern Orthodox Church
9. St. Basil’s hexaemeron
10. The relationship between science and religion in modern times: 20th and 21st century
11. Priests in the service of Science
12. Science and other religions
13. Presentation of term papers
science, Theology, Enlightenment, Scientific Revolution