Science, Religion and Deep Time
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This book examines the meaning of religion within the scientific, evidence-based history of our known past since the big bang. While our current major religions are only centuries or millennia old, the volume discusses the origins and development of human religious practice and belief over our species’ existence of 300,000 years.
The volume also connects the scientific approach to natural and social history with ancient truths of our religious ancestors using new lines of inquiry, new technologies, new modes of expression, and new concepts. It brings together insights of natural scientists, social scientists, philosophers, writers, and theologians discuss to the narratives of the universe. The essays discuss that that to apprehend religion scientifically, or to interpret and explain science theologically, the subject must be examined through a variety of disciplinary lenses simultaneously and raise several theoretical, philosophical, and moral problems.
A singular investigation into the meaning of religion in the context of the 13.8 billion-year history of our universe, this book will be indispensable for scholars and students of religious studies, big history, sociology and social anthropology, philosophy, and science and technology studies.
Table of Contents
Introduction Part I: Science and Religion 1. Science and Religion in Big History: The Dialogue Model 2. Meaningful Mystery 3. The Children of Climate Change and their Search for Meaning 4. Not by Bread Alone: Religion in Big History: An Anthropologist’s Understanding 5. Is God Big Enough? 6. The Nature of Humans, Science, and Religion 7. The Ties that Bind 8. The Three Questions: Understanding Religion Epistemologically 9. Religion in Big History Part II: Religion and Science 10. Big History, and the Question of Cosmic Purpose 11. Whither Thou Go, O Universe? Why Religion and Evolution Belong Together 12. Shinto in the Light of Big History 13. The Vedas, Tribal Perspectives, and Big History 14. Searching the Name: Metaphors of the Divine in Our Evolving Cosmos 15. The Nature of our Consciousness 16. Islam and Big History 17. Deep Time from the Viewpoint of Islam 18. When did Homo sapiens become Homo Religiosus? Just-so Stories, Evolution, and Big History
Lowell Gustafson is Professor of Political Science at Villanova University, USA.
Barry H. Rodrigue is an archaeologist, geographer, and Professor of anthropology at Symbiosis International University, Pune, Maharashtra, India.
David Blanks teaches at Department of History and Political Science, Arkansas Tech University, USA.