Religious Studies Courses

RLST113 HM God, Darwin and Design in America

Course examines the relationships between science and religion in the United States from the early 19th century to the present. Starting with the Natural Theologians, who made science the “handmaid of theology” in the early Republic, we will move forward in time through the publication of Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species and Andrew Dickson White’s subsequent declaration of a war between science and religion, into the 20th century with the Scopes trial and the rise of Creationism, the evolutionary synthesis, and finally the recent debates over the teaching of Intelligent Design in public schools. Writing intensive.

RLST179D HM Activism, Vocation, Justice/Special Topics in Religious Studies

Many effective justice and community rights movements have been built on religious foundations. In this course, students will combine community engagement work with their class work; learning about justice, vocation, and service from diverse historical and contemporary theologians, religious leaders, atheists, and philosophers. Priority given to HMC LLC members, with remaining spots open to students from all campuses.