It is widely believed that there is a fundamental conﬂict between science and religion, and that this can be
reconciled only by either drastically editing religion to agree with science or drastically doing violence to science
in order to bring it into line with religion. However, the essays presented here suggest a different approach. Science and religion can cross-fertilize one another and give rise to possible fruitful ideas that might not have been thought of from the standpoint of science or religion, taken separately.
RICHARD L. THOMPSON In the world of modern science, traditional religion is often seen as a force of ignorance which attempts to impose outdated ideas on scientiﬁc truth. At the same time, many scientists see science giving rise to a materialistic doctrine of scientism that aims to eradicate the spiritual world view of religion.
This may seem to be an irreconcilable conﬂict. But there is another way to look at it. Science and religion can interact
synergistically to generate new and interesting ideas.
God & Science is a collection of essays that examine the relationship between modern science and the Vaishnava tradition of India. Although little known in the West, the Vaishnava tradition is based on a monotheistic philosophy having much in common with judeo-Christian thought. When brought into contact with modern science, Vaishnavism generates some of the same questions that arise from the confrontation of science and Christianity. At the same time, there are signiﬁcant differences. These essays contain a smorgasbord of novel insights that provide new perspectives on the relation between science and religion.
"Thompson erudition, the elegance of his prose, and his deep understanding of traditional and contemporary science give a different kind of credibility to the knowledge and wisdom of our intellectual and spiritual ancestors, east and west, which they encoded into their legends, myths and rituals. One begins to suspect that we have forgotten at least as much as we’ve discovered."
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