Science, Religion, and the End of the World

The sciences and the Christian tradition provide narratives about the end of the world. But how do these narratives relate? How do we evaluate them independently, and in comparison? What are the implications of the narratives for the way we live and think today, a time before the end of the world? This course, taught by Chris De Pree, a professor of astrophysics from Agnes Scott College, and Mark Douglas, a professor of religious ethics from Columbia Theological Seminary, takes up those critical questions and provides students with opportunities to study widely, think critically, and learn respectfully in a cross-disciplinary setting. To encourage imaginative thinking, sources of study for the course will be a combination of speculative fiction novels, movies, and selections from other books and articles (to be made available in a course packet).

  • Course Categories: Biblical Studies, General Theology
  • Science Topics: History & Philosophy of Science, Physics and Cosmos
  • Seminaries: Columbia Theological Seminary
  • Syllabus: Science, Religion, and the End of the World
  • Tags:
    cosmology, eschayology, astrophysics, theodicy, mainline protestant, history and philosophy of science, end of the world

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In furtherance of the AAAS mission of advancing science in service to society, AAAS|DoSER’s role in the Science for Seminaries project is to support efforts to integrate science into seminary education. AAAS|DoSER does not advise on or endorse the theological content of the participating seminaries.