PONTIFICAL UNIVERSITY OF THE HOLY CROSS
School of Theology
LECTURES ON SCIENCE AND THEOLOGY
Philosophical and Historical Perspectives
from October 4th 2023 to January 17th 2024
Wednesday 3:00-4:45 PM
Room "Álvaro del Portillo"
The course intends:
a) to examine those contemporary scientific results and perspectives that seem to challenge our religious and theological worldview
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 sapiensamong the other living beings on the planet and the possible spread of life in the cosmos.
The relevant topics of the Course are presented in the essay
G. Tanzella-Nitti, Scientific Perspectives in Fundamental Theology. Understanding Christian Faith in the Age of Scientific Reason, Claremont Press, 2022
Professor of Fundamental Theology at PUSC
Director of DISF Center
Department of Fundamental and Dogmatic Theology, PUSC, and Postdoctoral Researcher at Åbo Akademi, Finland
|Is Scientific Knowledge Relevant to Theology? The Influence of Contemporary Scientific World-View on the Work of Theologians
|Is the notion of God meaningful to Scientific Culture? The Openness of Science to the Quest for Truth and Meaning
|Physical Cosmology and Christian Theology of Creation
|The Christological Dimension of the Cosmos
|The Debate on the Laws of Nature: Science, Philosophy and Theology
|Life in the Universe: Scientific and Theological Perspectives
|The Place of the Human Being in the Cosmos: Unexpected insights from the Anthropic Principle
|The Metaphor of the Book of Nature: general foundations
|The Book of Nature between natural knowledge of God and God's Revelation
|Beauty and Wonder in Nature and Science
|Purpose in Nature? The moral dimension of the Book of Nature
|Science and Religion in the media: material for a general discussion
12 CLASSES - 3 ECTS
Attendance to single classes is free and open to the public.
Student s of other Universities may apply for the full course and credit recognition under the CRUIPRO agreement, or upon payment of a fee.
Information for admission and enrollment:
teologia [at] pusc.it (subject: Course%20D462) (send e-mail)