Science and Religion in Modern Western Civilization
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The relationship between science and religion has been complex and multifaceted throughout history. At times, there was a pronounced tension between them while in other historical contexts, they were regarded as two aspects of the same phenomenon. Today this relationship is no less problematic, with the contemporary distinct feature of being now addressed by academic pursuits that are thoroughly specialized. Students will examine the debate regarding the proper administration of science and the natural religious spirit of the vast majority of the planet’s population, which is producing laws, creating institutions, and shaping values. The course will explore the idiosyncratic nuances and difficult features of this urgent debate that influence the world at large.