For many decades, science and theology have accused each other of arrogance in their claims to know the truth. According to Polkinghorne and Welker (2000:6), in Western cultures, public expectation relies mainly on scientific procedures and not much, if indeed at all, on theology. In fact, the common assumption in some Western societies and contemporary academia is that the measure and model for truth claims is found only in the sciences (natural sciences). Thus, this course consists of researching the various ideas related to the interaction between science and theology. The student will study two specific ideas, that being creation and evolution, and the origin of the universe. The objective of this programme is for those interested in science and theology to gain a clear picture of the complexities of the debate.
By the end of this course the student should be able to:
- demonstrate a clear picture of the complexities of the debate
- defend the validity and rationality of believing in God and the Bible despite the hostile voices claiming the converse
- assess major models for explaining the relationship between the doctrine of creation and the theory of evolution against scriptural and scientific evidence
- explain the different models and design arguments used by scholars to explain how the universe originated, and what impact it has on the scriptural account given in Genesis 1 and 2.