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Moving from Nature to God

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/9780199641543.003.0007

Series: Oxford Theological Monographs

Moving from Nature to God

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Also returning to the conflict (discussed in 3) between the epistemologies of this Hindu theology and modern science, this chapter examines important figures in Western modern and contemporary science who have seen scientific theory and scientific practice as helpful in illuminating the divine. It compares these thinkers with the Bhāgavata Purāṇa’s model (discussed in Chapter 4) for relating scientific and religious theory and practice, arguing there are noteworthy similarities. Taking up the specific issue of suffering in the process of biological evolution, it shows how one might take up an approach wherein the deliverances of science and the Hindu tradition are used to address important philosophical issues.

Keywords: teleology science and religion; scientific theory and god; scientific practice and god; similarities in teleological dimension; suffering and evolution

Chapter.  12564 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Hinduism

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