TSC6100EN - Issues in Theology, Cosmology & the Natural Sciences

Course description

A critical exploration of science-engaged theology. The student opens to a world of the natural sciences as an illuminating way to inquire into the mind and action of God. The student considers different frameworks for how biology, neuroscience, physics, chemistry, and cosmology reveal Divine action and how it is that the theologian can develop theological perspective through the lens of the natural sciences.

How this course benefits students

Critically examines different ways in which the empirical sciences can aid in theological knowledge.

Why this course is important

Considers the question of whether or not the empirical sciences should or could be a theological source of knowledge in the way that tradition and reason are sources of theological knowledge.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Theology of Science
Educational level
Learning type
Upcoming terms
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.
Dr. Joshua Farris, Professor of Theology of Science

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

The Bible is the normative standard and ultimate source of all theological knowledge, yet the empirical sciences might illuminate or inform theology in the way that reason and tradition do.

Missionally driven

By inquiring into the empirical sciences, one is able to see God’s action and bring to bear how it is that God is still at work in the natural world.

Contextually informed

As with all academic disciplines, science and theology is contextual and follows certain conventions in the wider academic guild.

Interculturally focused

Students interact with and gain the tools to assess issues that are informed by an international set of scholars.

Practically minded

The course concludes with a concrete product of how one empirical discipline could shed light on theology.

Experientially transformed

Through student interactions, projects, and writing, students develop an appreciation for the empirical sciences as means of interrogating their own faith and theology.