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Science and Religion

What is the nature of the relationship between science and religion? When do they conflict? And how do they influence each other in the pursuit of knowledge and truth? While conventional wisdom says that science and theology must perpetually clash, they have actually been partners in an age-old adventure.
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What is the nature of the relationship between science and religion? When do they conflict? And how do they influence each other in the pursuit of knowledge and truth? While conventional wisdom says that science and theology must perpetually clash, they have actually been partners in an age-old adventure.

These 12 engaging lectures cover both the historical sweep and philosophical flashpoints of this epic interaction. You'll encounter a surprisingly cooperative dynamic in which theologians and natural scientists - from St. Augustine to Sir Isaac Newton to contemporary thinkers - share methods, ideas, aspirations, and a tradition of disputational dialogue.

Moving from the early centuries of the Christian era and the Middle Ages to our own day, Professor Principe examines St. Augustine's profound ideas about reason and faith, and he follows St. Thomas Aquinas's exploration of miracles - the need to identify them is one example of how scientific and theological inquiry overlap.

You'll meet a 19th-century writer whose anti-Catholic diatribe spread myths that persist today, and you'll learn about the courage (and stubbornness) of Galileo, the unexpected rationality of his accusers, the inspiration of Darwin's natural selection, and the religious implications of Lemaître's big bang theory.

The solution to modern conflicts is the study of history. Such study will equip you to join that partnership with ideas and a clear, historical perspective on the science/religion relationship. These tools will help you participate more effectively in a dialogue that is as thought-provoking today as it was hundreds of years ago.

Disclaimer: Please note that this recording may include references to supplemental texts or print references that are not essential to the program and not supplied with your purchase.

©2006 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2006 The Great Courses

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    Eristic SF Bay Area 08-24-13
    Eristic SF Bay Area 08-24-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Amazingly interesting and comprehensive"
    If you could sum up Science and Religion in three words, what would they be?

    I can't stop listening to this course. It is deeply interesting, very well reasoned and entertaining too. Dr. Principe covers most fallacies of reasoning related to this topic. I learned that the schism between science and religion is overstated and why. I gained new respect for those who grappled with the search for truth long before me and a greater respect for my own process. The course answered my questions and entirely exceeded my expectations. Dr. Pincipe combines a sharp mind and wonderful style with a great sense of humor. Best non fiction I've listened to at Audible. Bravo Dr. Principe!


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    Wonderful book for people attempting to understand and balance faith and intellect.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan 09-17-13
    Jonathan 09-17-13

    I am a student who loves anything to do with tech and gaming. I am an Apple AND Android fanboy, and love both equally. I also love books. :)

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    This is one of the best and most enlightening lectures I have heard in quite awhile. A must listen to to anyone who wants to clear up the Science v. Religion battle.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    D. DOMINGUE 04-26-15
    D. DOMINGUE 04-26-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Science & Religion, not Science vs. Religion"

    The intentions of the course are good. The actual performance is rather lacking, though.

    I bought the course hoping to help me mediate my family members when they get enraged in the debates. The lectures did give me some reasoning arguments for counseling, but not as much as I had hoped.

    The professor has good intentions, but is not the best performer. His message was a bit too diluted. At times, it was hard to make out what his point was. He did give good summaries toward the end, however.

    I will do my best to organize what I have learned to help me calm my family members when the debate launches.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John Hopedale, MA, USA 03-15-14
    John Hopedale, MA, USA 03-15-14 Member Since 2010
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    "An insult to the intelligence"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    By being objective - the whole thing requires you to believe that non-fact based belief can be scientific if you believe hard enough.


    Did Professor Lawrence M. Principe do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

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    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    My first reaction to this was outrage, that someone could possibly insult my intelligence by trying to claim that historically incorrect, self-contradictory religious texts could be used to counter argue science based facts and be taught as a pseudo-science. It equally insults religious faithful by turning their beliefs into a pseudo-science akin to astrology.


    Any additional comments?

    There have been several really interesting topics in this lecture series but unless you want to accentuate any road-rage you may feel while driving and listening to this, skip this lecture.

    3 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    "An absolute disgrace"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    maybe being unbiased and looking at science rather than just a history of the field.
    For a start,the fact that most if not all historical scientists were tied to a particular religion means absolutely nothing at all as until the last 100 yrs almost all people in the west were theists or deists.This does not mean that christianity itself is scientifically minded.
    The lecturer does not question the possibility of miracles which goes completely against all we know and the laws of nature are the only starting point we can begin from otherwise nothing makes any sense and would not work.

    This may be the worst book i have listened to as it gives a veneer of intellectual integrity.At least ID(creationism)book dont try and cloak there message and are more up front about what they are saying


    Would you ever listen to anything by The Great Courses again?

    the great courses in general are very good but this is not one of the many excellent courses from the said company


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Professor Lawrence M. Principe?

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    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Science and Religion?

    any of the ones that give credence to a biblical outlook of the earth or that give the impression that subtle interpretations of the bible are somehow factual


    Any additional comments?

    In a teaching course one should value the truth and facts rather than just a woolly concept that is nothing more than a sop to religion and the degrading of scientific truth and endeavour.
    One should remember that just because two different people can interpret data in different ways it does not follow that both interpretations of the said data are equally valid,this concept would basically mean we are entitled to make up our own truth and empiricism does not matter.The same also follows that one theory is not automatically of equally valid.
    One other point worth making is that just because one can not disprove something does not mean it follows that its existence is 50/50 or even nearly 50/50 and even if it were 50/50 would not mean that we should always believe it to be true until proved otherwise.If that were the case then i would walk around believing there was an invisible fairy(or fairies) somewhere in my house and that i should live my life accordingly

    This course was released in 2006 and life and science especially move on a pace often in scientific+atheistic literary works so this course may already be behind the times regarding the current clash of science and religion

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