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Introduction

Jonathan B. Edelmann

in Hindu Theology and Biology

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199641543
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191732232 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199641543.003.0001

Series: Oxford Theological Monographs

Introduction

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Explains the rationale and need for a dialogue between Hinduism and science, while clarifying the specific texts and traditions that will be involved here, as well as the methodology. In addition, it addresses the potential benefits and difficulties involved in bringing a Hindu theological tradition into conversation with contemporary science, as well as what the term Hindu theology might mean in today’s context given its ancient and medieval meanings such as mantavya and brahma-jijñāsā. It explains the state of the art in science and religion, arguing for the power of the ‘complexity theory’, and establishes and defines ‘worldview’ as the best lens through which to examine this dialogue.

Keywords: europeanization of the globe; complexity theory; worldview; Hindu theology; rationale for East–West dialogy; Tao of Physics; sambhanda; abhideya; prayojana; pramāṇa; classification of biological texts

Chapter.  12923 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Hinduism

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