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London, one of the world’s foremost cities, is a treasure trove of the history of religion, science and medicine, as well as all facets of culture.  Throughout the Scientific Revolution and beyond, most scientists were individuals of significant Christian faith who perceived their work as both discovering the Creator’s handiwork and worshipping God.  Many struggled with apparent tensions between their discoveries and traditional teachings of the church.  This course will utilize London and its surrounding environs to explore predominantly the history of British medicine, science, and religion but also British life and culture.  On-site visits within greater London will include the British Museum, British Library, Buckingham Palace, Churchill Museum, Florence Nightingale Museum, Hunterian Museum, Imperial War Museum, London Museum, National Gallery, Natural History Museum, Royal Observatory, Royal Society, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Tower of London, Victoria and Albert Museum, Westminster Abbey, and Windsor Castle.  The course will include at least five day-long field trips to Stonehenge and Salisbury, Oxford, Cambridge, Downe, and Windsor.  Class sessions will consist of lectures and discussions of assigned readings.

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