New Free Online Course on Science and Religion by Denis Lamoureux

| By on Faith and Science Seeking Understanding

We’re pleased to announce that our friend Denis Lamoureux has a new MOOC available on science and religion. MOOCs are massive open online courses that allow you to learn from leaders in their fields while working through the content at your own pace. This course is hosted by Coursera, which is one of the best in the business. You can take the course for free, or pay $49 to take the course for official certification (as well as increased accountability and motivation).

Link to registration at Coursera

Here is a five minute introductory video about the course by Lamoureux and a fifteen minute video giving an overview of the topics (both videos embedded below).


The course examines the nature of both science and religion and attempts to explore the possible relationships between them. The primary purpose is to dispel the popular myth that science and religion are entrenched in a never-ending conflict. As a result, this course argues that if the limits of both science and religion are respected, then their relationship can be complementary. Topics include: Science and Religion Categories and Foundational Principles, Definitions of Science and Religion, Science-Religion Models and Relationships, Intelligent Design and Natural Revelation, the Galileo Affair, Geology and Noah’s Flood, Evolution and Darwin’s Religious Beliefs, the Modern “Evolution” vs. “Creation” Debate, the Problem of Evil, and Interpretations of the Biblical Accounts of Origins in Genesis 1-11. The course employs a constructive teaching style so that students can develop their personal views on the relationship between science and religion and on each of the topics listed above.

For those unfamiliar with Denis, here’s his official bio (also linked to his BioLogos author page):

Denis O. Lamoureux is an Associate Professor of Science and Religion at St. Joseph's College in the University of Alberta. His appointment is the first tenure-track position in Canada dedicated to teaching and research on the relationship between scientific discovery and Christian faith. Lamoureux's academic specialty focuses on the modern origins controversy. He is the author of Evolutionary Creation: A Christian Approach to Evolution (2008), I Love Jesus and I Accept Evolution (2009), and Evolution: Scripture and Nature Say Yes! (2016). He is a contributor in the book Four Views of the Historical Adam (2013). Lamoureux is also a research assistant in paleontology at the University of Alberta. He holds three earned doctoral degrees—dentistry, theology, and biology.




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About the Author

Jim Stump

Jim Stump is Senior Editor at BioLogos. As such he oversees the development of new content and curates existing content for the website and print materials. Jim has a PhD in philosophy from Boston University and was formerly a philosophy professor and academic administrator. He has authored Science and Christianity: An Introduction to the Issues (Wiley-Blackwell, 2017) and edited Four Views on Creation, Evolution, and Intelligent Design (Zondervan 2017). Other books he has co-authored or co-edited include: Christian Thought: A Historical Introduction (Routledge, 2010, 2016), The Blackwell Companion to Science and Christianity (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012), How I Changed My Mind About Evolution (InterVarsity, 2016), and Old Earth or Evolutionary Creation: Discussing Origins with Reasons to Believe and BioLogos (InterVarsity, 2017).

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