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Theological Cosmology and Anthropology

Cosmology traces developments in the mythological and natural-scientific study of the universe in its complex history. This module will investigate these developments as they have been interpreted and received from biblical, theological and philosophical perspectives. Natural-scientific descriptions of the world have implications for how theology conceives of God’s action in creation (pantheism, deism, panentheism). This course will examine the complex history of the doctrine of creatio ex nihilo in the Abrahamic faiths. The second part of the module will focus on theological anthropologies under several themes: the human person as created in the image of God (imago Dei), as steward of creation, as embodied and free, contingent and subject to frailty and failure (sin). Throughout it explores how specific cosmologies and anthropologies, theological and philosophical, can influence politics and ethics, using case studies from the natural, social and environmental sciences.

How to apply

Applications can be made in person on Thursday 15th December 2016, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. in the Department of Religions and Theology, Room 5010, Level 5 of the Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin, Dublin 2 or by post before 20th December 2016./>


€150 for the module. For security reasons payment should be by cheque/draft/postal money order only, made payable to Trinity College Dublin no. 1 account. A concession rate is available to second and third level students, unemployed persons and those in receipt of a social welfare pension.


Teaching commences during the week beginning 16th January 2017. Please note this is a day-time course.


The course runs for a total of twelve weeks, with no lectures in week 7.

Further Information

Contact: Jane Welch, Executive Officer, Department of Religions and Theology, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin, Dublin 2. T: 01 896 1297, E: