Considering God’s Works

The Bible instructs Christians to consider the works of the
Creator (Ps 111:2, Ps 19:1-6, Ps 8, Job 37:14) and Scripture
tells us that even “God’s invisible qualities—his eternal
power and divine nature” may be clearly seen and “understood
from what has been made” (Rom 1:20). Consequently, to
believe in God as the Creator of the universe entails our
making an effort to know more about the world God
created—together with its beauty, its mystery, its wonder,
its history, its vastness, its laws, its horrors, and its
limits.

In this class we will behold God’s cosmos through
the lenses of the natural sciences and the philosophy of
science. With the help of the ever-attentive eyes of the
natural sciences we will explore the majesty of the material
reality that God has created and continues to create.
Learning what science is and is not, we will discover how
theological and scientific truths interrelate, and how
specific areas of scientific knowledge interact with,
challenge, and uphold key areas of Christian belief.

Scientists
in Congregations

John Templeton Foundation

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Course Syllabus (pdf)

Lectures on Vimeo

 

Classes

Week 18:

Considering God’s Works”: Conclusions and Final Thoughts
Week 17:

The End of the World: Theological & Scientific Perspectives on Cosmic Eschatology
Week 16:

The Problem of Evil & the Natural Sciences
Week 15:

Cognitive Science, Morality, & the Emergence of the Human Person
Week 14:

Human Nature, Neuroscience, & the Soul
Week 13:

The Physical Resurrection of Jesus & the Fact that Matter Matters
Week 12:

Divine Action, Miracles, & Contemporary Science?
Week 11:

What Does it Mean to be Human?
Week 10:

The Creation and Evolution of Life: Part II
Week 9:

The Creation and Evolution of Life: Part I
Week 8:

“In the Beginning”: Part II
Week 7:

“In the Beginning”: Part I
Week 6:

The Sectarian Origins of Young Earth Creationism
Week 5:

The Metaphysical Foundations of Science and the
Role of Science in Faith
Week 4:

The War that Never Was—Unmaking the Myth of the
“Historical Conflict Between Christianity and
Science”
Week 3:
How Early Christians Read Their Bible and
Understood the World of Nature
Week 2:

The Nature of Truth and Limits in Science and
Theology
Week 1:

What is Science?: Perspectives from the
Philosophy of Science