Religion in

REL 120.001
Religion and Science

Dr. Eleanor Finnegan

Office: 209 Manly Hall
Office Hours: W 12-1pm & by appointment
Office Phone: 348-1653
Course: TR 2:00-3:15
Location: MA 207

About Online Readings

Some of the course's online readings are placed in a "secure" folder; you can only access these PDF files (Portable Document Format, that can be opened with the free Adobe Reader) by clicking each link and then entering the username/password given to you in class.

If you have difficulty accessing these readings, contact the instructor by email.



This course is a study of the constructions of "science" and "religion." In particular we will focus on the ways that these concepts have been co-constructed, focusing on their varied relationships throughout history. We will look at uses of the terms in the history of science, the impact of scientific revolution on understandings of nature and gender, the shifting significance of science and religion from scientists and philosophers who advocate for science as religion, and the use of the natural sciences (in particular cognitive sciences) in religious studies.


Spring 2017 (PDF)

Books (required)

There are no required texts. Any readings will be posted to Blackboard.