Introduction to Philosophy of Science and Religion

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Introduction to Philosophy of Science and Religion

About the Course

The field of philosophy of science and religion (PSR) is a new field and has been gaining a lot of traction and interest in the past few decades. However, the Muslim contribution to this discourse is relatively minimal. Given this plight, this course is an attempt to introduce Muslim students to kind of questions which are discussed in this field.

Lecturer

Dr.Shoaib Malik

AT A GLANCE

Course

Introduction to Philosophy of Science & Religion

Duration

2+ Months

Live Sessions

5:00 to 8:00 pm GMT

Video Recordings Available

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£9.99 /Month

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Starts on March 14th, 2020.

Registration Deadline:

13th March 2020

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Main Modules

1. What is Philosophy?

  1. Learn some of the major sub-divisions of philosophy
  2. Review the different ways people have tried to relate to science and religion

2. The Demarcation Problem

  1. Appreciate what is the philosophy of science
  2. Appreciate why the demarcation problem is a problem
  3. Review the various proposals by
    • Karl Popper
    • Thomas Kuhn
    • Imre Lakatos
    • Paul Thagard

3. Natural Theology

  1. Learn the difference between natural and systematic theology
  2. Review the design argument
    • Different kinds of design argument
    • Different formulations of the design argument
    • Assess arguments for the design argument
    • Assess argument against the design argument

4. Physics and Theology

  1. Learn the difference between physics and metaphysics
  2. Assess the theological implications of Newtonian mechanics
  3. Assess the theological implications of quantum mechanics

5. Evolution and Theology

  1. Appreciate the evidences for evolution
  2. Assess the theological implications of evolution
  3. Review the spectrum of opinions on this

6. Creating an Authentic Islamic Response

  1. Appreciate the theological diversity in Islamic tradition
  2. Learn to see how we can engage Islamic tradition in light of modern problems in PSR

Course Overview

The field of philosophy of science and religion (PSR) is a new field and has been gaining a lot of traction and interest in the past few decades. However, the Muslim contribution to this discourse is relatively minimal. Given this plight, this course is an attempt to introduce Muslim students to kind of questions which are discussed in this field. Some of the controversial territories like the existence of God, His relation to the natural world, quantum mechanics, and evolution will be reviewed and discussed.

Key Objectives

Due to the nature of the topic, this is to some extent an interdisciplinary program. The goal of this program is for participants:

  • To appreciate the different kinds questions that PSR looks at
  • To acknowledge and understand the challenges theism faces in contemporary philosophy and modern science
  • To be able to think critically and independently about the various issues that will be discussed

Frequently Asked Questions

How is this online course structured?
Our online program comprises enriched learning sessions, engaging, on-demand live and recorded video lessons. Our course is innovatively divided into different modules and sub models. The learners can ask questions, get their doubts cleared if they have any. You can get support from our course instructors or academic support team during live sessions or even after the sessions as needed.
Is it compulsory to attend LIVE sessions? Will it be count towards the progress of my course?
We always encourage that you should attend LIVE sessions but if, in any case, you miss attending one of the sessions then you can always have access to the recorded session (Yes, you will receive recorded video of the LIVE session you have missed).
When will I have access to the online course material?
Right after successful enrolment, you will get access to myAlbalagh which is our online learning portal where you can get access to the pre-course material. The course content will be released gradually after starting the course.
When will LIVE sessions be scheduled?
Date, Day, and Time for each LIVE session will always be pre-scheduled. To know more about the schedule on live sessions, please, visit “myAlbalagh” and click on the tab “Schedule.” You will get complete details.
What if I am not able to attend LIVE sessions?
If, in any case, you miss attending LIVE session, you can catch up by watching the video recordings later at your convenient time. To get access to the video recordings, you should visit “myAlbalagh” by using your sign-in details. You can get access to “myAlbalagh” through your laptop, desktop or from your mobile.
What if I have questions to ask but can’t attend Live?
Please, get access to “myAlbalagh” and reach “Discussion Board.” It is this place where you can ask questions, discuss and get your doubts cleared. Our support staff will take your queries forward and get answers for you from your course instructors.
How do I interact with my classmates?
You can use “Discussion Board” to get connected to other course learners as well. But we recommend that the discussion here on “Discussion Board” shall be relevant only to the course being taken. Strictly, no personal discussions or chatting. You can also interact with your classmates in our “Whatsapp Group” exclusive for the course students
How long will I have access to the online program?
You will have access to the online course content up to 2 years. Please contact our admin team by Email at [email protected] if you want lifetime access.
Are family/group discounts available?
Yes, we provide discount for groups or families who are interested in joining one of our courses. Please, email us to get complete details on it.
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