Thursdays, 9:40–11:05, Mar. 29–May 17
Instructor: Emmett Holman
Today most of the scientific community in particular and the intellectual community in general do not hold religious beliefs. A survey taken repeatedly throughout the 20th century showed that only 40% of American scientists believe in a personal God, and there is no reason to think that things have changed in the 21st century. Still, there are two ways one might argue that the religious skeptics have underestimated the evidence for religious belief: (1) The way of natural religion, by which religious belief can be validated using scientific reasoning and evidence from the natural world, and (2) The way of postulating a special religious way of knowing which uses different cognitive resources from those used by the natural sciences and gives us access to religious/spiritual knowledge.
Emmett L. Holman earned his BS in physics from The Pennsylvania State University. He holds a PhD in philosophy from the University of Maryland and taught philosophy at George Mason University for 45 years. While at Mason, he taught upper level undergraduate and graduate courses on the relation between science and religion as well as other topics. He has been published numerous times.