Course Requirements

Syllabus

Course Calendar

Aug. 21 - Introduction to Class and Requirements

Science and Religion - Where Are Their Boundaries?

Aug. 23 - David Berlinski - Lecture

Aug. 25 - Berlinski, Devil's Delusion, Preface and Chs. 1-2 (RR1) [PDF]

Aug. 28 - Berlinski, Devil's Delusion, Chs. 3-4 (RR2)

Aug. 30 - Berlinski, Devil's Delusion, Chs. 5-6 (RR3)

Sept. 1 - Berlinski, Devil's Delusion, Chs. 7-8 (RR4)

Sept. 4 - Labor Day (No Class)

Sept. 6 - Berlinski, Devil's Delusion, Chs. 9-10 (RR5)

Sept. 8 - David Lake, The Creator (short story) [PDF] (RR6)

Sept. 11 - Polkinghorne, QCCh, Introduction and Chs. 1-2 (RR7)

Sept. 13 - Polkinghorne, QCCh, Chs. 3-4 (RR8)

Sept. 15 - Polkinghorne, QCCh, Chs. 5-8 (RR9)

Sept. 18 - Gingerich, God's Planet, Prologue and Ch. 1 (RR10)

Sept. 20 - Gingerich, God's Planet, Ch. 2 (RR11)

Sept. 22 - Gingerich, God's Planet, Ch. 3 (RR12)

Darwinian Revolution, Demise of Natural Theology, Theistic Evolution

Sept. 25 - Dawkins, The Blind Watchmaker, Preface, Chs. 1-2 (RR13)

Sept. 27 - Dawkins, The Blind Watchmaker, Chs. 3-4 (RR14)

Sept. 29 - Dawkins, The Blind Watchmaker, Chs. 5-6 (RR15)

Oct. 2 - Dawkins, The Blind Watchmaker, Chs. 9-10 (RR16)

Oct. 4 - Crick, Life Itself, Preface and Chs. 1-7, Appendix: The Genetic Code (RR17)

Oct. 6 - Crick, Life Itself, Chs. 8-12 (RR18)

Oct. 9 - Fall Break (No Class)

Oct. 11 - Crick, Life Itself, Chs. 13-15 and Epilogue (RR19)

Oct. 13 - Collins, Language of God, Introduction and Chs. 1-2 (RR20)

Oct. 16 - Collins, Language of God, Chs. 3-4 (RR21)

Oct. 18 - Collins, Language of God, Chs. 5-6 (RR22)

Oct. 20 - Collins, Language of God, Chs. 7-11 (RR23)

Can Natural Theology be Revived?

Oct. 23 - Behe, Edge of Evolution, Chs. 1-3 (RR24)

Oct. 25 - Behe, Edge of Evolution, Chs. 4-5 (RR25)

Oct. 27 - Behe, Edge of Evolution, Chs. 6-7 (RR26)

Oct. 30 - Behe, Edge of Evolution, Chs. 8-10, skim Appendices A-D, but don't include them in your RR (RR27)

Nov. 1 - Meyers, Signature, Prologue and Chs. 1-3 (RR28)

Nov. 3 - Meyers, Signature, Chs. 4-5 (RR29)

Nov. 6 - Meyers, Signature, Chs. 6-7 (RR30)

Nov. 8 - Meyers, Signature, Chs. 8-11 (RR31)

Nov. 10 - Meyers, Signature, Chs. 12-13 (RR32)

Nov. 13 - Meyers, Signature, Chs. 14-16 (RR33)

Nov. 15 - Meyers, Signature, Chs. 17-18 (RR34)

Nov. 17 - Meyers, Signature, Chs. 19-20, and Appendix B (RR35)

Nov. 20 - Eugene V. Koonin, The Cosmological Model of Eternal Inflation and the Transition from Chance to Biological Evolution in the History of Life [PDF] - please read the entire article, including the open peer-review comments and Koonin's "back of the envelop calculations" (RR36)

Nov. 22 - Thanksgiving Break (No Class)

Nov. 24 - Thanksgiving Break (No Class)

An Atheistic Natural Theology?

Nov. 27 - Hoyle, Intelligent Universe, Chs. 1-4 (RR37) [PDF]; Listen to (but don't write on) Astronomy Cast, Special Episode: Panspermia

Nov. 29 - Hoyle, Intelligent Universe, Chs. 5-7 (RR38)

Dec. 1 - Hoyle, Intelligent Universe, Chs. 8-10 (RR39)

Final Matters

Dec. 4 - Last Day of Class

Dec. 9 - Final dossiers are due. (Please drop them off in my office between 9AM and 10AM)