God, Life, and the Cosmos: Christian and Islamic Perspectives is the first book in which Christian and Muslim scholars explore the frontiers of science-religion discourse. Leading international scholars present new work on key issues in science and religion from Christian and Islamic perspectives. Following an introduction by the editors, the book is divided into three sections: the first explores the philosophical issues in science-religion discourse; the second examines cosmology; the third analyses the issues surrounding bioethics. One of the first books to explore aspects of science-religion discourse from the perspective of two religious traditions, God, Life, and the Cosmos opens up new vistas to all interested in science and religion, and those exploring contemporary issues in Christianity and Islam.
'God, Life, and the Cosmos: Christian and Islamic Perspectives is the first book of its kind in which scholars and representatives of two major religious traditions reflect on the tensions, support, and overlap between science and religion with regard to the fundamental questions of the origin and purpose of life and cosmos.' Metanexus.net '… a pioneering discourse that investigates a largely unexplored terrain in the science and religion dialogue… covers a wide range of topics that are foundational to a uniquely Muslim dialogue with modern science… It is a much-needed addition to the literature in theology and science, and the sincerety and clarity of the three-way dialogue between Christianity, Islam and science presented in this text serves as a symbol of hope in a time of strained diplomatic relationships between East and West and much international uncertainty.' Theology and Science 'A must volume for any academic library; it brings Muslims and Christians together in a dialogue that is desperately needed between these two world faiths.' Religious Studies Review '… a substantial resource for reflection on issues that no responsible believer can afford to ignore.' Theological Book Review 'This is pioneering work; the first in which Muslim and Christian scholars in conference together have addressed issues in science and religion.' The Scientific and Medical Network Review '… a challenging and engaging collection of articles on the nature of the science-religion nexus… this collection will undoubtedly inspire further thought and reflection and will hopefully lead to more sophisticated and satisfactory accounts of the metaphysics of modern science for the believer living in the modern world and seeking to understand his 'three realities'.' Journal of Islamic Studies ’The most useful chapters are those that reflect serious dialogue, highlighting the similarities as well as the differences… Let us hope that God, Life, and the Cosmos leads on to
Contents: Preface; Introduction, S. Nomanul Haq; Philosophical, Historical, and Methodological Issues: Islam and modern science: questions at the interface, Muzaffar Iqbal; Three views of science in the Islamic world, Ibrahim Kalin; Science and faith: from warfare to consonance, Ted Peters; Christian perspectives on religion and science and their significance for modern Muslim thought, Mustansir Mir; The anthropocosmic vision in Islamic thought, William C. Chittick; Moments in the Islamic recasting of the Greek legacy: exploring the question of science and theism, S. Nomanul Haq; Metaphysics and mathematics in classical Islamic culture: Avicenna and his successors, Roshdi Rashed; Cosmological Issues: Islamic paradigms for the relationship between science & religion, Ahmad Dallal; Creation in the Islamic outlook and in modern cosmology, Mehdi Golshani; The impossible possibility: divine causes in the world of nature, Philip Clayton; Christian theism and the idea of an oscillating universe, Mark Worthing; Life, Consciousness, and Genetics: The contributions and limitations of Christian perspectives to understanding the religious implications of the genetics revolution, Audrey R. Chapman; Interface of science and jurisprudence: dissonant gazes at the body in modern Muslim ethics, Ebrahim Moosa; Neuroscience and human nature: a Christian perspective, Nancey Murphy; Index.