Integrating Science and Spirituality: Theological Challenges for the 21st Century (WS-692)
While the debate between science and religion continues to engage academic scholars, a new spiritual exploration characterizes the wider culture of our time. In this search, many conventional distinctions no longer feel useful, former dogmas are transcended, and a multi-disciplinary synthesis carries a strong appeal. A new type of mysticism is coming to birth, disturbing yet promising for all churches and religions. How to engage meaningfully with this complex and exciting challenge will be the focus of this course.
Day, Time and Dates:
Monday, June 12 – Friday, June 16 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Adjunct Professor of Spirituality, social psychologist and author of nine books, most recently “Quantum Theology,” “Evolutionary Faith,” and “Paradigm Shifts in Religious Life”
The full syllabus is not yet available, however, the following books are recommended for this course:
1. Diarmuid O'Murchu (2002), EVOLUTIONARY FAITH
2. Mark I. Wallace (2005), FINDING GOD IN THE SINGING RIVER
3. Sallie McFague (2001), LIFE ABUNDANT
4. Judy Cannato (2006), RADICAL AMAZEMENT
5. John Haught (2003), DEEPER THAN DARWIN.
DAY ONE: From Classical Boundaries to Quantum Horizons
DAY TWO: What Do We Mean by the New Cosmology?
DAY THREE: Christian faith within the emerging Worldview
DAY FOUR: Seeking Justice in an Age of Globalisation.
DAY FIVE: New Horizons in our understanding of Spirituality.
*There are no written assignments to be done in advance. Some familiarity with Professor O'Murchu's writings, especially Quantum Theology and Evolutionary Faith, is desirable but not essential.