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Among the fast growing interdisciplinary fields is the study of the relationships between science and religion. Christian philosophers of the analytic school dominate this field. This explains the revived interest in miracles, a classical topic in the philosophy of religion. The resurgence of interest in miracles is carried by significant changes in the historiography of the so called Scientific Revolution and developments in epistemology pertaining to our understanding of science. This seminar revisits the widely contested idea that there is a God who has violated laws of nature in order to bring about certain events of religious meaning. The principal aim of the course is to contextualize this idea in historical and systematic perspective. A special focus is placed on the growing importance of probability theory in contemporary accounts of miracles. In doing so, the seminar deals with central questions in philosophy of science (the nature of science, laws of nature, scientific explanation, scientific confirmation etc.) and confronts them with fundamental theological claims related to the possibility and nature of miracles.

 

Course Information

  • Course Code: HPS4601H
  • Course Delivery: On Campus
  • Course Credits: 0.5 cc