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Level 6 - DT3030

Religion and science

Module information>

Academic Direction
University of London
Also part of
BD Divinity
Modes of Study

This course aims to explore the multiple relationships between religion and science in the light of the cutting-edge developments in science and technology which are reshaping our lives.

Topics covered

Section A

  • The relations between religion and science
  • Problematic models of these relations: New Atheism and intelligent design

Section B

  • A key historical dispute: Galileo
  • The idea of scientific method
  • Cosmology and the Anthropic Principle
  • Teleology and biology
  • Neuroscience and the evolutionary psychology of religion
  • Religion and technology 1: Robotics
  • Religion and technology 2: The ethical implications of life extension
  • Faith and the crossing of biological boundaries.


Forum participation (5%); a two thousand word essay (45%) and a 1.5-hour unseen written examination (50%).