OSH 833 / Non Credit
Course taught in: English

Course description: Explore the two-thousand-year quarrel between science and religion in the West. Trace the roots of ethical monotheism and its flat earth cosmology. Learn about the revolutionary discoveries of Copernicus, Kepler, and Galileo – and why they infuriated religious authorities. Find out how Isaac Newton’s Universal Gravitation led to the Enlightenment.


Week 1 Gods and the One God. The Sag-Giga, the first human civilization, believed in multiple gods and a flat earth. How did they influence the cosmology of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam?

Week 2 The Greeks. Aristotle and Ptolemy’s “divine circles” produced the most accurate model of the ancient universe. Why did this become religious dogma in Medieval Europe?

Week 3 Reluctant Revolutionary. Nicholas Copernicus proposed the earth is not the center of the universe. The Roman Catholic Church and Martin Luther considered this a sacrifice.

Week 4 The Observer and the Visionary. Explore the naked-eye observations of Tycho Brahe and the cosmology of Johannes Kepler. How did they violate Church doctrine?

Week 5 The Michelangelo of Science. With his telescope, Galileo Galilee transformed our understanding of the cosmos. Why did his discoveries enrage the Pope?

Week 6 The Great One. Isaac Newton was a deeply pious Puritan. Learn how his momentous Theory of Universal Gravitation shook religious beliefs to the core.



Instructor: Mr. Mark Egdall

This course is available as part of the following:

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Courses
These courses and programs are available at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Membership is required. Our classes take place in Lau Founders Hall, 1550 Brescia Ave., Coral Gables, FL 33146 unless otherwise noted below.

OLLI 2019-2020 Membership is required to take this course and will be added to your cart upon enrollment. If you already have purchased a membership, you will not be charged for this membership.
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Starts: 8/1/2019 Ends: 7/31/2020