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University of Alberta

Science & Religion 101

University of Alberta via Coursera


This course examines the nature of both science and religion and attempts to explore the possible relationships between them. The primary purpose is to dispel the popular myth that science and religion are entrenched in a never-ending conflict. As a result, this course argues that if the limits of both science and religion are respected, then their relationship can be complementary. Topics include: Science and Religion Categories and Foundational Principles, Definitions of Science and Religion, Science-Religion Models and Relationships, Intelligent Design and Natural Revelation, the Galileo Affair, Geology and Noah’s Flood, Evolution and Darwin’s Religious Beliefs, the Modern “Evolution” vs. “Creation” Debate, the Problem of Evil, and Interpretations of the Biblical Accounts of Origins in Genesis 1-11. The course employs a Constructive Teaching Style in order that students can develop their personal views on the relationship between science and religion and on each of the topics listed above. St. Joseph's College is a Catholic, undergraduate, liberal arts college on the University of Alberta campus. It is an independent institution that is affiliated with the University of Alberta. Denis O. Lamoureux is Professor of Science and Religion at St. Joseph's College in the University of Alberta. He is the author of Evolutionary Creation: A Christian Approach to Evolution (2008), Evolution: Scripture and Nature Say Yes! (2016), and The Bible & Ancient Science: Principles of Interpretation (2020). Lamoureux is a Research Associate in Paleontology and has contributed to a dozen scientific papers. He is cited in the Who’s Who of Theology and Science and has delivered over 600 lectures throughout the United States and Canada. Lamoureux holds three earned doctoral degrees—dentistry, theology, and biology.


  • Pre-Course Videos, Course Materials & Pre-Course Survey
  • Introduction
  • Categories & Principles I
  • Categories & Principles II
  • Sci & Rel Models & Relationships
  • Nature & Intelligent Design
  • Religious Beliefs of Galileo
  • Religious Beliefs of Darwin
  • Genesis 1-3:Biblical Creation Accounts
  • Modern Origins Debate
  • Conclusion: Possible Peace?

Taught by

Denis Lamoureux


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  • Anonymous
    The course is absolutely brilliant. Best summary available out there on Science & Religion especially as related to the Bible, the different methods of creation, evolution & approaches to science as a whole. Dr. Lamoureux is a fantastic instructor & as a triple-doctorate extremely well qualified in the material.

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