I. Introduction: Religion and Science
Tuesday, January 8 Introduction: The Interaction of Religion and Science.
Thursday, January 10 Haught, Science and Religion: From
Conflict to Conversation,Chapter 1. Worthing, God, Creation and
Contemporary Physics, Chapter 1 (coursepack).
A question regarding Haught and Worthing
Tuesday, January 15 Barbour, Religion in an Age of
Ch.2, sect. 1-3, pp. 31-58 (coursepack).
II. Energy and Environment
Thursday, January 17 Key issues of energy and environment.
Tuesday, January 22 Ristinen & Kraushaar, Energy Fundamentals, Energy Use in an Industrial Society (coursepack)
Thursday, January 24 Ristinen & Kraushaar, Heat Engines, (coursepack)
Tuesday, January 29 Ristinen & Kraushaar, Renewable
energy Sources I: Solar Energy (coursepack); Energy Innovations:
A Prosperous Path to a Clean Environment, Executive
III. Stories of Origins in Religion
Thursday, January 31 Focus the Nation: Discussion
of Global Warming
Tuesday, February 5: Exam #1 - Covers Sections I and II
Exam 1 Review Questions
Tuesday, February 12 Excerpts from Genesis, in Gottlieb, This
Sacred Earth, pp. 71-75 (reader). "The Parade of Ants," in
56-59. Ruether,"Three Classical Creation Stories," chapter 1 in Gaia
Thursday, February 14 Gilkey, Maker of Heaven and Earth , excerpts from Chapters 1-3 (coursepack)
February 16 - 24, Winter Recess
IV. Stories of Origin in Physics
Tuesday, February 26 Barrow, The Origin of
Universe, Chapters 1 & 2.
From the American Physical Society News, October 1900: Planck's Formula for Black Body Radiation
Thursday, February 28 Barrow, Chapters 3 & 4.
Tuesday, March 4 Barrow, Chapters 5 & 6.
Paul Steinhardt's web page on Dark Energy and the Cyclic Universe.
WMAP web page.
Thursday, March 6 Barrow, Chapters 7 & 8. Haught, Chapter 5 - Was the Universe Created?
Tuesday, March 11 - Exam #2 - Covers Stories of
Origin, Sections III and IV
Wednesday, March 12 - Muskie Environmental Lecture
Nobel Laureate F. Sherwood Rowland
Our Changing Atmosphere: (1) the Ozone Hole (2) Carbon Dioxide
4:15 p.m., Muskie Archives
V. The Physics of Mystery
Thursday, March 13 Davies, The Mind of God, Preface, Chapter 1 (pp. 19-31 only), Chapters 2
Tuesday, March 18 Chapter 7 (omit pp. 185-190) - Cosmological Argument.
Thursday, March 20 Davies, Chapter 8 - Designer Universe.
Paley's teleological argument and Fine-tuning .
Haught, Chapter 8 - Does the Universe Have a Purpose?
VI. The Theology of Nature
Tuesday, March 25 Religious responses to environmental
problems. Films: Keeping the Earth , The Earth is the Lord's.
Maine Interfaith Power and Light!
Thursday, March 27 McFague, The Body of God,
1 & 4.
Tuesday, April 1 McFague, Chapter 5
Thursday, April 3 McFague, Chapter 6
Friday, April 4 Final Papers due, 5 p.m.
Titles & Bibliographies, 1998
Titles & Bibliographies, 2008
A bibliography of recent books.
Final Exam, Wednesday, April 9, 10:30 a.m., Pettingill G52
Study Questions .
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