This program is offered as a hybrid of asynchronous readings and assignments with scheduled Zoom conferences led by GMU faculty or guest speakers.
The M.Th. Religion and Science is designed:
- To enable the candidates to develop themselves as resource persons prepared to engage in “big picture” questions about the story of the cosmos, approached through the lenses of science and religion. Covering the essential foundations of philosophy and theology, the course is oriented toward the development of skills in interdisciplinary thinking via exploration of the rational and scientific grounds of faith. It confronts common assumptions that science and religion are necessarily in conflict.
- To understand the essential nature of Religion and Theology and to reflect on the religious experience of the Hindus, Buddhists, Christians, and Muslims with their notions of Revelation and Faith. It will also seek the development of beliefs in their respective traditions as the horizon for the phenomena of the diversity of religious experiences, the pluralism in theology, the theological imperative to dialogue, and the foundation of a universal theology of religion as the ground for ecumenism.
- To provide students with the training necessary for scholarly research and critical reflections upon various themes in Science-Religion Interface
- To equip them to be competent teachers in Science-Religion-Dialogue in the secular and ecclesiastical institutes.
- To enable them to appreciate the rich heritage in the Western and Eastern Philosophical tradition and thus making them confident in taking up contemporary challenges that various religious traditions face today.