In our time there is an exciting and fruitful dialogue occurring between Christian theology and the sciences. It has opened a range of provocative questions: How do we think about God as Creator in relation to scientific discoveries about the origin of the universe and the evolution of life on earth? What are we learning from science about who we are as human beings and our place in the larger cosmos? How can we think about God acting in the world in ways that are conversant with scientific understandings of the way the world works? How may we express Christian hope for resurrection and new creation in ways conversant with scientific understandings? The class will explore these and other questions together. Particular attention will be given to: creationism vs. evolutionary thinking; human freedom and genetic determinism; and controversies around intelligent design, the evolution of morality, and the science of climate change. Class activities will employ a variety of media as well as a field trip together.
Instructors: Anna Case Winters, Linda Eastwood