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).
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.