PHIL 3605 Science & Religion

Required Text:  Book Title:

  • Alister McGrath, Science & Religion: A New Introduction. (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010).
  • Heidi Campbell & Heather Looy, eds., A Primer on Science and Religion. (Baker Academic, 2009).

Detailed Instructions: For Assignment from the instructor

This week, we will discuss the key people, issues, and controversies in the evolution and religion relationship. What have been the various perspectives people of faith have taken on the relationship between their faith and Darwinian evolution? Does God operate merely by secondary causes or is there special intervention at key places in the process? Is there special agency at the genomic level or does God act by a persuasive process? Or is it possible that God “guides” the process by some other means? We will read the relevant chapters from McGrath and Looy/Campbell. Make certain to incorporate materials from this week’s readings.

After Read Chapters 5, 7, 21 in McGrath and the entries on “Darwin,” “Evolutionary Biology,” and “Evolutionary Psychology” in Looy & Campbell. I will be uploading with my instructions.

Answer the following questions below.  One Page**

  1. Is it possible to reconcile faith with evolutionary biology? And if so, how? If not, why not?
  1. What are the stronger models of relating the two and what are the weaker models? And why?
  2. How important is it to consider the relationship?

Make sure you give examples.

Make sure you put the question with your response.