It looks into Contemporary and philosophical issues. Cosmology and the Anthropic Principle, quantum physics, Chaos Theory, Neo-Darwinism, genetic engineering, and cloning. The aims and processes of religion and science (including Popper and Kuhn), and the relationship between religion and science.
- Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of historical knowledge of importance in the relationship between science and religion;
- Relate knowledge of recent of recent areas of importance in science to traditional theological concepts;
- Identify and focus on key areas of discussion between theology and philosophy.
- Conduct critical analyses of events, doctrines, theories and arguments in the relationship between religion and science;
- Critically examine key issues (e.g. doctrine of creation, different models of God, the nature of scientific method) in relation to a range of doctrines, theories, interpretations and arguments.
- Show an ability to assimilate and evaluate competing arguments;
- Select and organise material from a range of primary and secondary sources;
- Represent the views of others with fairness and integrity.
Indicative reading list
- Barbour, Ian G. Religion and Science: Historical and Contemporary Issues. (London: SCM, 1998) [ISBN 0–334–02721–7]
- Davies, Paul. God and the New Physics. (London: Penguin, 1990) [ISBN 0–14–013462-X]
- Grant, E. Planets, Stars and Orbs: The Medieval Cosmos 1200–1687. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994) [ISBN 0–521–43344–4]
- Hawking, Stephen. A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes. (London: Bantam, 1988) [ISBN 0–553–17521–1]
- McGrath, Alister E. Science and Religion: An Introduction. (Oxford: Blackwell, 1999) [ISBN 0–631–20842–9]
- O’Hear, Anthony. An Introduction to the Philosophy of Science. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1989) [ISBN 0–19–824813-X] Chs. 2, 5
- Polkinghorne, John. Reason and Reality. (London: SPCK, 1991) [ISBN 0–281–04487–2]
- Polkinghorne, John. Science and Theology: An Introduction. (London: SPCK, 1998) [ISBN 0–281–05176–3]
- Thompson, Mel. Religion and Science. (London: Hodder and Stoughton, 2000) [ISBN 0–340–75771-X]