Course Schedule - Spring Semester 2022

     

COLL 157 001 (CRN: 25694)

ORIGINS, FAITH, SCIENCE

Long Title: ORIGINS, FAITH, SCIENCE: THE BEGINNINGS OF LIFE IN MONOTHEISM AND MODERN SCIENCE (WILL RICE)
Department: College Courses
Instructor: Yanakiev, Matey T.
Meeting: 7:00PM - 7:59PM W RZR 205 (10-JAN-2022 - 22-APR-2022) 
Session: Full Term - No WL Purge
Grade Mode: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory
Course Type: Seminar
Language of Instruction: Taught in English
Method of Instruction: Face to Face
Credit Hours: 1
Course Syllabus:
Course Materials: Rice Campus Store
 
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Undergraduate Professional
Visiting Undergraduate
Undergraduate
Section Max Enrollment: 19
Section Enrolled: 14
Waitlisted: 0 (Max 99) 
Current members of the waitlist have priority for available seats.
Enrollment data as of: 29-JAN-2023 2:19AM
 
Additional Fees: None
 
Final Exam: No Final Exam
Final Exam Time:
29-APR-2022  
2:00PM - 5:00PM F TBA TBA
 
Description: Our very existence poses the so-called greatest question: Why is there anything at all? Moreover, that humans have long asked such a transcendental question poses yet another: How did beings with such capacity for self-reflection come to exist? Whatever our answers, they shape the whole trajectory of our lives and communities. In this course, we focus on some of the most influential answers to the question of origins. Specifically, we consider, What do the monotheistic faiths and modern science say about origins of life, and how harmonious or conflicting are their visions? We study both the original historical context and modern-day interpretations of the religious texts, as well as the history of evolution as an alternative origins framework. At the end of the course, students will prepare a project with their personal synthesis of origin accounts in an answer to the question, “How compatible are faith and science?” No background knowledge is required, and diverse viewpoints are encouraged. There will be no exams.