Corso Science and Theology: Historical and Philosophical Perspectives

The course intends:

a) to examine those contemporary scientific results and perspectives that seem to challenge our religious and theological worldview, and

b) to show the significance of the discourse on God in scientific culture.

The faith in God the creator of heaven and earth and the Christian proclamation of the Incarnation of the Word are assessed against the background of our knowledge of the physical cosmos, and of the evolutionary history of life and humankind on earth. The course includes both an epistemological perspective – preliminary to the dialogue between science, philosophy and theology – and a historical perspective highlighting how those three fields of knowledge have interacted reciprocally. Some relevant interdisciplinary issues are also addressed, such as the theology of miracle, the uniqueness of Homo sapiens among the other living beings on the planet and the possible spread of life in the cosmos.

The course aims at providing an example of a Fundamental Theology in Scientific Context and is organized by the Interdisciplinary Center for Religion and Science ( -


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