New Seminar on the Compatibility of Religion and Science

Fridays, June 17 – July 22, 2022

8:30 AM PDT         11:30 AM EDT

Via Zoom

Instructor : Gerald Grudzen, Ph.D

 

The compatibility of faith and reason or faith and science has historically been recognized in the monotheistic religions for over two millennia. Nevertheless, the growth of religious and political fundamentalism in our present era can be traced to a lack of understanding of how these twin pillars largely created the foundation for our Western civilization.  Religious and political fundamentalism are examples of illusory ideologies lacking a foundation in critical thinking or scientific reasoning.

 

This seminar will examine the complementary roles that religion and science have played in the birth of western universities and how the scientific method has been part of theological inquiry since the Middle Ages.  Rather than offering two disparate worldviews, religion and science can and should be integrated to foster a complete and thorough understanding of our history and our world.

 

The text used will be Spirituality and Science: Greek, Judeo-Christian and Islamic Perspectives by Gerald Grudzen, Ph.D. The class will be comprised of a 60 minutes lecture followed by 30 minutes of Q&A. The cost is only $100 (USD) plus the standard $25 (USD) application fee.

 

The seminar can be be used for credit in the upcoming research-oriented Th.D in Religion and Science soon to be offered by GMU. 

 

 

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