Caring For Creation: Physics, Religion and the Environment
Class: Tuesday and Thursday, 9:30 - 10:50, Pettingill G52.
Course Description: This course considers scientific and
religious accounts of the origin of the universe, examines the
relations between these accounts, and explores the way they shape our
deepest attitudes toward the natural world. Topics of discussion include
the biblical creation stories, contemporary scientific cosmology, the
interplay between these scientific and religious ideas, and the roles they
can play in forming a response to environmental problems, such as those
associated with the development and use of energy.
General Education for students graduating prior to 2011: Due to the
nature of its content and the spirit of the general education
requirements, this course will serve as a third course for the natural
science requirement, but will not fulfill the quantitative requirement and may
not be used as part of a physics set.
Caring for Creation Course Reading Packet (coursepack), Bates College.
Science & Religion: From Conflict to Conversation, by John
The Origin of the Universe , by John D. Barrow
The Mind of God, by Paul Davies.
The Body of God, by Sallie McFague .
Clearing the Ground for a Meeting of Science and the Christian Faith
,by Paul Wason
Exam #1 - 20%
Exam #2 - 20%
Final Exam - 20%
Final Paper - 40%
Center for Theology and the Natural
Union of Concerned Scientists
Coalition on the Environment and
The Tibetan Buddhist
View of the Environment