Christianity and Modern Science

Christianity and Modern Science

Science and religion may seem unlikely bedfellows, especially if popular narratives of a conflict between the two are to be believed. In this seminar, we will consider the relationship between various aspects of Christianity and modern science. While there are many ways to handle the (both real and perceived) tension between scientific and theological knowledge, we will take as our point of departure an assumption that contributions from both fields are intellectually valuable. From this lens, we will consider how relatively recent scientific developments such as evolutionary theory, quantum mechanics, and modern cosmology interact with classical Christian doctrines of creation, evil and suffering, divine and human agency, and the future of the cosmos. We will cover a new topic each meeting, basing the discussion on a short selection of readings.

Dates: Mondays on 3/15, 3/29, 4/12, 4/26

Time: 5:30-6:45pm PST

Location: Zoom

The Virgin Mary in European Painting

Marian art is a central theme in the history of European painting. This seminar will look at the history of how Mary has been depicted in the painting of the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and in more modern movements. It will discuss these paintings not only from the perspective of Christian theology and Marian devotion, but also from the point of view of the academic history of art. This seminar has no readings; it will consist of close examination of high-resolution images.

Dates: Wednesdays on October 28, November 11, and December 2.
Time: 5:30-6:45pm PST
Location: Zoom

**This seminar is free and open to all Cal, GTU, and St. Mary’s students.

The Virgin Mary in European Painting

Marian art is a central theme in the history of European painting. This seminar will look at the history of how Mary has been depicted in the painting of the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and in more modern movements. It will discuss these paintings not only from the perspective of Christian theology and Marian devotion, but also from the point of view of the academic history of art. This seminar has no readings; it will consist of close examination of high-resolution images.

Dates: Wednesdays on October 28, November 11, and December 2.
Time: 5:30-6:45pm PST
Location: Zoom

**This seminar is free and open to all Cal, GTU, and St. Mary’s students.

Reading Charles Taylor

Charles Taylor is one of the most influential philosophers in the world today. He is celebrated not only for the range of his interests–which include language, politics, science, and religion–but also for the accessibility of his writings. This reading group will meet to discuss some of his seminal essays on human nature, culture, and Christianity. Taylor’s work is widely read across the humanities and the sciences; no previous study of philosophy is required to learn from his work. For more information or to receive the readings, please contact director@binst.org

Dates: Thursdays on October 8th, October 29th, November 19th, and December 3rd
Time: 5:30-6:45 PM PST
Location: Zoom

Reading schedule:

10/8:
10/29:
11/19:
12/3

**This online seminar is free and open to all college students and recent graduates**