HIST 3751: Science and Religion
Students consider the popular contemporary belief that science and religion are necessarily hostile towards each other and discover a nuanced dynamic between the two endeavours. From its roots in Ancient Greece through to the Twentieth Century, science has advanced in the milieu of Western European religious beliefs and organizations, and students study this evolving relationship in order the develop a richer understanding of the relationship between these overlapping fields of knowledge. Students explore specific instances of perceived conflicts between science and religion, such as the Galileo Affair and the Scopes Monkey Trial. Whilst infamous, students examine that more common are cases of scientists like Newton, Faraday and others whose religious faith were crucial to their scientific discoveries.