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Andrew C. Dole (Section 01)
This course explores the relationship between Christianity and the theory of evolution, which phrase refers to a family of scientific theories generally associated with the work of Charles Darwin. The primary mode of approach to this relationship will be historical, but throughout the course voices from a variety of academic disciplines will be heard. Geographically, the focus of the course will be on Europe (largely the UK) and North America. Over the course of the semester we will explore issues in the relationship between Christianity and the natural sciences in the generation before Darwin; the contents of Darwin’s theory of natural selection and its ramifications for understanding the origins of the human species; a variety of Christian responses to the theory in the late nineteenth century; the rise of a concerted movement in opposition to evolution in North America in the early twentieth century; and developments subsequent to this movement within those sectors of Christianity that participated in it.
Fall semester. Professor Dole.