Concepts of "life" and "death" play an important role in reasoning about the world. They also demonstrate a long tradition of interaction between scientific and religious insights. Lectures and discussions will survey historical and modern life categories including "soul," "creature," "organism," "evolutionary individual" and "person." Students will select one contemporary ethical question, and generate a scientifically and theologically literate position. Evaluation will be based on class participation, three short reflection papers, and a final presentation. (Doctoral students will be asked to submit a final paper in place of the final reflection.)