1st Edition

Science, Religion and Deep Time

Edited By Lowell Gustafson, Barry Rodrigue, David Blanks Copyright 2022
    384 Pages 38 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge India

    384 Pages 38 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge India

    384 Pages 38 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge India

    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, our 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 to discuss narratives of the universe. The essays discuss 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.

    With 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.

    1. Introduction

    Lowell Gustafson, David Blanks, and Barry H. Rodrigue


    Part I: Deep Time, Science and Religion

    2. Science and Religion in Big History: The Dialogue Model

    David Blanks

    3. Meaningful Mystery

    Todd L. Duncan

    4. The Children of Climate Change and their Search for Meaning

    Barry H. Rodrigue

    5. Not by Bread Alone: Religion in Big History: An Anthropologist’s Understanding

    Brian Spooner

    6. Is God Big Enough? Of Religion and Big History

    William Grassie

    7. The Nature of Humans, Science, and Religion

    Davidson Loehr

    8. A Big History Perspective on Science and Religion: Peaceful Coexistence and Progress for Humanity

    Mathew Chandrankunnel

    9. The Ties that Bind

    Lowell S. Gustafson

    10. The Three Questions: Understanding Religion Epistemologically

    Ken Baskin

    11. Religion in Big History

    Lacy Loar-Gruenler


    Part II: Deep Time, Religion and Science

    12. Teilhard, Big History, and the Question of Cosmic Purpose

    John Haught

    13. Whither Thou Go, O Universe? Why Religion and Evolution Belong Together

    Ilia Delio

    14. Shinto in the Light of Big History

    Hiroko Shiota

    15. Big History and Earth Spirituality: Towards a Significant Eco-Social Paradigm


    16. The Vedas, Tribal Perspectives, and Big History

    H. Sudarshan

    17. Searching the Name: Metaphors of the Divine in Our Evolving Cosmos

    Jerry Harp

    18. The Nature of our Consciousness

    Orla Hazra

    19. Women’s Spirituality as a Measure of Deep Time and Social Ecology

    Richa Minocha

    20. Islam and Big History

    Hideki Iwaki 

    21. Deep Time from the Viewpoint of Islam

    Shamshuddin Jusop

    Tan Chee Keong

    22. When did Homo sapiens become Homo Religiosus? Just-so Stories, Evolution, and Big History

    Ted Peters


    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 in the Department of History and Political Science, Arkansas Tech University, USA.