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About the Course

Philosophy, Science and Religion mark three of the most fundamental modes of thinking about the world and our place in it. Are these modes incompatible? Put another way: is the intellectually responsible thing to do to ‘pick sides’ and identify with one of these approaches at the exclusion of others? Or, are they complementary or mutually supportive? As is typical of questions of such magnitude, the devil is in the details. For example, it is important to work out what is really distinctive about each of these ways of inquiring about the world. In order to gain some clarity here, we’ll be investigating what some of the current leading thinkers in philosophy, science and religion are actually doing. This course, entitled ‘Philosophy and Religion’, is the second of three related courses in our Philosophy, Science and Religion Online series, and in this course we will ask important questions about the age-old debate between science and religion, such as: • What kind of conflicts are there between religion and science? • Does current cognitive science of religion effectively explain away God? • If there is a God who has made us so that we can know him, why do some people not believe? • Is belief in science also a kind of fundamentalism? • What makes us good at getting, giving, or sharing, knowledge? Is this different when it is religious knowledge? The first course in the Philosophy, Science and Religion series, 'Science and Philosophy' was launched early in 2017 and you can sign up to it at any time. The third course —‘Religion and Science’—will be launched early in 2018. Completing all three courses will give you a broader understanding of this fascinating topic. Look for: • Philosophy, Science and Religion I: Science and Philosophy • Philosophy, Science and Religion III: Religion and Science Upon successful completion of all three courses, students will: (1) Understand the main parameters at stake in the current debate between science and religion. (2) Have some familiarity with the relevant areas of science that feature in the debate—including cosmology, evolution, and the neurosciences—and will have begun to engage with them conceptually. (3) Have encountered key philosophical approaches to the interface between science and religion, and will have had the opportunity to engage them in practice. (4) Have embarked constructively in cross-disciplinary conversations. (5) Have demonstrated an openness to personal growth through a commitment to dialogue across intellectual and spiritual boundaries. You can also follow us on Twitter at and you can follow the hashtag #psrmooc...

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May 29, 2020

The course was really beneficial especially for people who want to know deeper information about the truth of the begging, the main argue and how people are different in thinking.


Feb 3, 2021

Crate course, aimed at a relatively basic level but a very good overview of the topic and very enjoyable. Recommend a course to anyone relatively new to philosophy. Thank you.

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By David K

Oct 15, 2020

Excellent start into the study of Philosophy and Religion.

By Thomas C

Sep 29, 2017

Very good! I have learned a lot of new things! Thank you!

By Mahalakshmi

Jun 30, 2020

it was an extremely insightful and informative course.

By Maxx G

Feb 22, 2018

Very informative and easy to follow and keep up with.

By Dánea M A

Oct 17, 2022

Un excelente tema, me brindado un mayor conocimiento

By Jasbir K

Sep 6, 2021

Loved each lecture and optional assignments as well

By Gaurav P

Apr 4, 2018

Thanks Coursera for providing this wonderful course

By Δημήτριος Μ

Jan 8, 2021

Εξαιρετική εμπειρία το συνιστώ ανεπιφύλακτα.

By Jann J ( D

Dec 23, 2017

All I can say got me thinking!!

By Anish K S

Nov 12, 2021

Another miles stone; enjoyed completely

By Alejandro G J

Apr 20, 2018

It was a great and interesting course

By Rita d C A G O

Oct 8, 2017

Excellent! Very interesting and useful.

By Horacio M C

Jul 11, 2019

Curso muy recomendable de alto nivel.

By Essaq A R

Feb 16, 2018

thank you for offering this coure

By Prashant S S

May 2, 2019

Very nice and informative course

By William M M

Sep 7, 2018

Excellent, addictive course.

By Ουρανία Κ

Jan 10, 2021

Very interesting course!

By Lloyd H

Oct 30, 2020

Excellent! Recommended!

By Winston A W

Dec 3, 2020

Excellent, thank you.

By Ahmer J K

Oct 21, 2017

Interesting course

By Stephen C

Jul 28, 2022

Excellent course.

By Ajay C

Nov 21, 2017

Very informative

By N I C A B

Sep 19, 2017

Excellent course

By Ruben F

Aug 26, 2020

Great course

By Roman S

Aug 16, 2018

great course