Course Description

For a limited time, this course is available at a special discounted price of $249. Register now, before the price returns to $300!

Conversations surrounding the intersection of science and Christianity often lack philosophical rigor, which has caused significant confusion and misunderstanding both inside and outside the church. Join Dr. Melissa Cain Travis as she leads a six-week, in-depth investigation of foundational philosophical issues that are key to achieving clarity and more productive dialogue. The course runs from October 9 – November 20 and will include curated reading selections, suggested video resources, and six live lecture and discussion sessions via Zoom. 

Because of the highly interactive nature of the course, seats are limited, so register early!

Course participants will examine topics such as scientific materialism as a worldview, the limitations of science in the quest for knowledge about the world, how consciousness and rationality challenge the naturalistic paradigm, and the proper understanding of miracles and the supernatural in the context of a scientific age. In addition, the various models that have been proposed for the appropriate integration of scientific knowledge and the revealed truths of Christianity will be evaluated. Students will become better equipped to think, discuss, read, and write about these topics with the necessary philosophical insight and intellectual hospitality.

Schedule of Live Sessions

  • Monday, October 9, 7:00-8:30 pm (CT)
  • Monday, October 16, 7:00-8:30 pm (CT)
  • Monday, October 23, 7:00-8:30 pm (CT)
  • Monday, October 30, 7:00-8:30 pm (CT)
  • Monday, November 6, 7:00-8:30 pm (CT)
  • Monday, November 20, 7:00-8:30 pm (CT)

Required Texts

  • Scientism and Secularism: Learning to Respond to a Dangerous Ideology, by J.P. Moreland
  • The Comprehensive Guide to Science and Faith: Exploring the Ultimate Questions about Life and the Cosmos, edited by William Dembski, et al.
  • Miracles, by C.S. Lewis
  • PDFs and links to additional reading material will be provided separately

Course Schedule

    1. Printable Syllabus

    2. Zoom #1

    3. Reading and Viewing

    4. Questions and Comments

    1. Zoom #2

    2. Reading and Viewing

    3. Questions and Comments

    1. Zoom #3

    2. Reading and Viewing

    3. Questions and Comments

    1. Zoom #4

    2. Reading and Viewing

    3. Questions and Comments

    1. Zoom #5

    2. Reading and Viewing

    3. Questions and Comments

    1. Reading and Viewing

    2. Questions and Comments

    3. Zoom #6

About this course

  • $300.00

Course Instructor

Melissa Cain Travis

Fellow, Center for Science & Culture

Melissa Cain Travis earned a PhD in Humanities with a philosophy concentration from Faulkner University, an MA in Science and Religion from Biola University, and a BS in Biology from Campbell University. She is the author of Thinking God’s Thoughts: Johannes Kepler and the Miracle of Cosmic Comprehensibility (2022), Science and the Mind of the Maker: What the Conversation Between Faith and Science Reveals About God (2018), and a contributor to The Story of the Cosmos: How the Heavens Declare the Glory of God (2019). In addition to teaching graduate courses for Colorado Christian University's Lee Strobel Center, she serves on the Executive Council of the Evangelical Philosophical Society and as President of the Society for Women of Letters. She is part of the core writers team for The Worldview Bulletin and the Christian Research Journal, and regularly lectures at universities, seminaries, and churches around the country.