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Science and Religion Seminar - Bradford Campus

A guide of resources and information to assist freshman students in Dr. Richard Melka's FS 0102 FRESHMAN SEMINAR: Science and Religion

The Columbia Encyclopedia Definitions of Science and Religion

religion. (2018). In The Columbia Encyclopedia. Retrieved from http://www.credoreference.com/entry/columency/religion
A system of thought, feeling, and action that is shared by a group and that gives the members an object of devotion; a code of behavior by which individuals may judge the personal and social consequences of their actions; and a frame of reference by which individuals may relate to their group and their universe. Usually, religion concerns itself with that which transcends the known, the natural, or the expected; it is an acknowledgment of the extraordinary, the mysterious, and the supernatural. The religious consciousness generally recognizes a transcendent, sacred order and elaborates a technique to deal with the inexplicable or unpredictable elements of human experience in the world or beyond it.

science. (2018). In The Columbia Encyclopedia. Retrieved from http://www.credoreference.com/entry/columency/science
[Lat. scientia=knowledge]. For many the term science refers to the organized body of knowledge concerning the physical world, both animate and inanimate, but a proper definition would also have to include the attitudes and methods through which this body of knowledge is formed; thus, a science is both a particular kind of activity and also the results of that activity.

The Research Process

  • Develop a topic that asks a question or poses a problem that interests you.
  • Select appropriate search terms for your subject.  Use the worksheet below for help.
    For example:
    • Creationism
    • Evolutionary Theories
    • Church AND evolution
    • Intelligent design
    • science AND religion
    • Bible AND evolution
    • modernism
  • Search PittCat and subject oriented databases.
  • Revise your topic. Determine how you will answer your question.
  • Evaluate your resources carefully!
  • When in doubt, contact your librarian.

Use Credo Reference's Mind Map to Brainstorm Ideas for Research

Critical Thinking Process For Research

Picture of Wheel with Critical Thinking in the middle surrounded by wheel spokes of: 1) Discover + Explore:   Look at your topic/issue more closely; start to be more directed and purposeful in seeking information. 2) Negotiate + Cooperate:   Consider different perspectives; engage in discussion with others. 3) Test + Revise:  Weigh up the evidence, test out different ideas and alternatives.  4) Integrate+ Apply: Bring together the various ideas that you have considered in order to consolidate and articulate new understanding(s),  5) Inform + Describe:  Begi nto clarify what you need to know, what you already know, and what information you have about your issue/topic

 

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