Science and Islam is a hot topic on the internet; a Google search will show millions of hits. Videos discussing key themes such as Islam and evolution are particularly prevalent, though their quality is often questionable from the standpoint of both mainstream science and Islam. The new Science and Islam Video Portal, funded by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation, offers a guide through this mass of content.
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The impact of religious beliefs has been widely investigated by social scientists, and that science continues to develop. For example, there’s evidence that belief in God offered the evolutionary advantages of nurturing prosocial behavior and bonding across large groups. However, the psychological nature of religious belief itself has been relatively under-investigated. That is now changing with the work being undertaken by researchers as part of “Gods in Minds: The Science of Religious Cognition,” an initiative funded by grants totaling more than $3,000,000 from the John Templeton Foundation.
An eight-part series, “Faith & Science in the 21st Century,” has started its run on Day1, a non-profit ministry radio program geared towards mainline Protestant American churches. The series, which is funded by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation, will feature leading theologians and scientists exploring key issues in science and religion.
Many insights derived from social and psychological studies shed light on the nature of religious beliefs. Moreover, the research could usefully illuminate the public discussion of religion and science, which can otherwise descend into negative cultural wars. Addressing this gap was the goal of a recent workshop, Breaking New Ground in the Science-Religion Dialogue.
“Perceptions: Science and Religious Communities” is an upcoming one-day conference on March 13, 2015 that will bring together national and local leaders in science and religion to foster dialogue between these communities, and to plan a course for future conversation.
Science and Christianity share an interest in understanding how creation works. In different and yet related ways, they both bear witness to the wonders of the natural world and are not necessarily in competition, despite commonly being separated. One way to reconcile this lies in thoughtful and informed dialogue between the two, which recently transpired at the Knowing Creation conference at St Andrews on August 23-24, 2014.
Hope is the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of what happens, argued philosopher Václav Havel, while optimism is the conviction that something will turn out well. But does this really express the nature of these two attitudes and how they differ? Perhaps more importantly, we might wonder how they might be nurtured, and about the benefits and risks of each.
Science is often presumed to be a tricky matter for people of faith. Pew Research has found that Americans can feel uncomfortable accepting scientific discoveries when they are perceived to contradict their religious beliefs. But Scientists in Congregations is discovering that the apparent opposition can be overcome. The project, funded by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation, equips churches to discuss science and religion and is demonstrating that the experience of properly engaging with science is not only informative but empowering.