Science and/against Religion

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Anthropology

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Science and/against Religion

Spring 2021

Taught By: Dana Leon

Section: A

CRN: 7227

Credits: 4

Science has often been pitted against religion. The primal scene of this conflict is the condemnation of Galileo Galilei by the Roman Catholic Inquisition for his support of heliocentrism. This narrative can be traced to the present when Creationists attacked a Darwinian understanding of the evolution of life. But it eclipsed the fact that most early modern scientists were faithful Christians and even many of their late modern heirs continue to be religious or embrace unchurched forms of spirituality. Moreover, the embrace of science by the 14th Dalai Lama (partly for political reasons) raises the question whether the opposition between science and religion is an exclusively Christian affair. From an anthropological perspective, students will learn to think critically about the historically changing and denominationally diverse relationship between sciences and religions in the plural.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Anthropology (LANT)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: N/A
Online Withdrawal Deadline: N/A

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

*Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 11:32pm 7/11/2020 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday, Thursday

Times: 2:00pm - 3:40pm

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 600

Date Range: 1/19/2021 - 5/6/2021