Teacher Training Course: Science, Philosophy and Religion

Program Description

What does this course offer?

Science and religion are undeniably two of the most powerful cultural forces in history. At the present time, it is widely believed that only the view of science is true and beneficial to human beings, as it can be proven rationally and experimentally, while religion is based on dogmas that cannot be rationally justified. This view, which claims to be based on the new discoveries of science (Big Bang, Higgs boson, neurosciences) and dismisses all religious views of man and the world, is not corroborated by critical-philosophical analysis.  
This course fills a training need felt by philosophy and moral education teachers on this subject, which combines science, philosophy and religion.

What are the objectives?
  • To provide teachers with a body of knowledge on current issues in the contemporary debate between science, philosophy and religion, particularly concerning the origin, structure, dynamism and purpose of the Cosmos and the Human Being;
  • Encourage reflection and critical evaluation of these issues, so that they are better prepared to address them in the classroom;
  • Examine the basic concepts used by the three branches of knowledge (scientific, philosophical and theological), the results achieved, the questions raised and the potential and limitations of the methods involved;
  • Obtain a theoretical synthesis that integrates and complements them, as a comprehensive explanation of the various areas of human experience in the world.


The Teacher Training Course: Science, Philosophy and Religion is aimed at secondary school teachers from subject groups 410 (Philosophy) and 290 (Catholic Moral and Religious Education) or from another subject group.



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