Religion and science

Level 6 - DT3030

This course aims to explore the multiple relationships between religion and science in the light of the cutting-edge developments in science and technology which are reshaping our lives.

Topics covered

Section A

  • The relations between religion and science
  • Problematic models of these relations: New Atheism and intelligent design

Section B

  • A key historical dispute: Galileo
  • The idea of scientific method
  • Cosmology and the Anthropic Principle
  • Teleology and biology
  • Neuroscience and the evolutionary psychology of religion
  • Religion and technology 1: Robotics
  • Religion and technology 2: The ethical implications of life extension
  • Faith and the crossing of biological boundaries.


Forum participation (10%); a two thousand word essay (40%) and a 1.5-hour unseen written examination (50%).

Tutor in Interfaith Relations

Dr Shanon Shah

Dr Shanon Shah

Shanon holds a doctorate in the sociology of religion from King's College London. He previously lectured in religious studies there and at the University of Kent. Shanon is currently the Director of Faith for the Climate, a national charity focusing on action on the climate crisis, and conducts research on minority religions and alternative spiritualities at the Information Network on Religious Movements (Inform), a research charity based at King's College London.

His research and teaching interests include the ethnographic study of religion, contemporary Islam and Christianity, new religious movements, gender and sexuality, popular culture, and social movements. He is the author of the monograph The Making of a Gay Muslim: Religion, Sexuality and Identity in Malaysia and Britain (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018) and is an editor at Critical Muslim, the flagship quarterly publication of the Muslim Institute (a London-based educational fellowship).