A general aim of the course is that students have an insight in the way worldviews, religions, atheism and the search for the meaning of life are related to (scientific) knowledge and science. In order to do so, attention is given to historical (e.g. Process of Galilei) as well as actual (e.g. S.J. Gould, R. Dawkins) perspectives. Subsequently, sutdents reflect on the influence of the scientific worldview (that started in the 17th century) on religion and worldviews. Hereto, attention will be given to, among others, evolution theory, free will, and the cognitive science of religion.
Students also reflect on the place of religions/worldviews and diversity in a secular society and in liberal democracies. In this regard, there will be attention for evolutions in the religious landscape on a national, European, and international scale (secularisation, depillarisation, diversity).