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Divine Action

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About the Course

In this course, Dr Sarah Lane Ritchie (University of Edinburgh) explores knowledge of God and divine action. In the first module, we critically examine traditional sources of knowledge of God in light of modern science and sociology. In the second module, we come to look at the idea of order in the universe as general revelation, and critique arguments from ‘fine tuning’ and ‘irreducible complexity’. In the third module, we turn to another aspect of general revelation, an innate sense of the divine; and examine whether naturalistic explanations for belief formation challenge or support the existence of God. In the fourth module, we shift focus to special revelation and look at religious experience, before examining miracles in a modern context in the fifth module. In the sixth and final module, we pull all of our knowledge together to consider the relationship between divine action and human agency.

About the Lecturer

Dr Sarah Lane Ritchie is a lecturer in Theology and Science at the University of Edinburgh. Her research interests are in theistic naturalisms, epistemology and psychology of religious intuition, the neuropsychology of religious experience, and the cognitive science of belief formation. Her recent publications include Wait, but why? Challenging the intuitive force of substance dualism (2021) and Integrated physicality and the absence of God: Spiritual technologies in theological context (2021)

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