TSC7110SEN - Creationism, Evolution & Intelligent Design

Course description

This course is a deep investigation of advanced topics that pertain to paleo-anthropology, the age of the earth, missing links in the evolutionary record, and the relationship between homo-sapien sapiens, homo-sapiens, and other higher level hominids. The present course analyzes the implications of the data on a theology of humanity. The exploratory component of the course imagines how the data informs an overarching theology of redeemed creatures, and, specifically human creatures.

How this course benefits students

Students theologically appropriate the data from creationism, evolution and intelligent design. Students also develop advanced knowledge in scientific information as theological knowledge of creatures.

Why this course is important

The present course advances meticulous knowledge of humans and gives tools to theologians in their science-engaged theological anthropology.

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

Critical examination of science in relation to theology must be guided by Scripture, cohere with it, and be based on it as the final interpreter in making sense of cosmological and biological development. All three paradigms require different readings of the Bible and impact how the theologian puts together the pieces of the Bible.

Missionally driven

The present course analyzes and advances the knowledge of the mission of God through three paradigms for understanding creatures.

Contextually informed

As with all academic disciplines, science and theology is contextual and follows certain conventions in the wider academic guild. Students gain competence sufficient in outlining the intellectual trends and the ability to offer substantive critique of those trends when necessary.

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 two substantial projects. The first project is a large written defense of creationism, evolutionary creationism, or intelligent design by engaging Scripture, dogmatics, apologetics, and science-engaged theology. The second project is a research article that advances the discussion.

Experientially transformed

Students dialectically work through advanced works in the attempt to develop, interrogate, and construct their own theologies of creation and its relationship to the mission of God in redemption.