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Setting the Scene

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/9780199641543.003.0002

Series: Oxford Theological Monographs

Setting the Scene

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Introduces the Bhāgavata Purāṇa and its commentarial tradition as seen within the context of traditional Indian thought and modern Indological studies, highlighting the specific theological and historical themes that are most relevant to a dialogue with the sciences. Furthermore, it introduces the relevant historical and theological themes present within the Western history of science since the time of Francis Bacon to the present, highlighting the specific themes that will later be addressed from a Hindu theological perspective.

Keywords: Purāṇic literature; Purāṇic natural history; Indological Purāṇic studies; early modern science and religion; geology and scriptural literalism; book of scripture and book of nature; mutability of species; modern evolutionary synthesis

Chapter.  15654 words. 

Subjects: Hinduism

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