HPS325H1: Modern Science and Holy Texts

Hours

24L

This course explores interdisciplinary topics related to the encounter between modern science and texts accepted as holy by religious communities, such as the Bible in Christianity. What role did holy texts play in the emergence of modern science? Did modern science change the way religious communities interpret their holy texts? What to do with claims such as that the Quran contains quantum physics? Does modern science exhibit the same kind of rationality that we find in rabbinical Judaism? Do holy texts only exist to assist humanity's attempts at understanding the meaning of the world, while modern science actually explains the world? What role do texts play in modern science compared to holy texts in religious communities? And, what has modern science to say about the very idea of holy texts?

Distribution Requirements
Humanities
Breadth Requirements
Society and its Institutions (3)
Mode of Delivery
In Class