Subject Guide: Religion and Science
2008 Fall, Buddhism and Science. RE114 Living Religions of the World
The lecture takes something ancient (Buddha) with something modern (Science) and discusses Buddha for the new age and Buddhism as a religion best suited for the modern times.
Bible and Gun: Christianity in Modern China. RE114 Living Religions of the World
This lecture is based on a book that Dr. Lee has recently published ‘The Bible and the Gun: Christianity in South China, 1860-1900’ (2003). Drawing on unpublished Chinese archival materials and ethnographic data collected by him at several Christian villages in Guangdong Province, he argues that Christianity became far more indigenous in China than has been acknowledged in the scholarly literature. In areas with absence of state control and a long history of rural violence, mass conversions were encouraged by the conviction that Christianity – through church affiliation and missionary connections – would provide external support, protection and other advantages in the violent domain of local politics.
The Bible and the Emergence of Modern Science Prof. Peter Harrison, May 2005
Darwin’s Compass: Why The Evolution of Humans is Inevitable. Dr. Simon Conway Morris
Darwin’s Gift to Science and Religion. Francisco J. Ayala
Eastern Brains: Probing the Partnership Between Buddhism and the Brain Sciences. US285 Altered States of Consciousness
Anne Harrington of Harvard lectures about the relationship between Tibetan Buddhism and the human brain. She refers to the research of the University of Wisconsin’s Richard Davidson on the brain functions of Buddhist monks during long periods of meditation, and she talks about the fascination with the Eastern style of meditation of the 1960s and 1970s counterculture.
“Evolution and Religion”. David Sloan Wilson, March 2007
The Evolution of Morality. Dr. David Lahti, November 2011
The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion Lecture Series
Genesis and the Big Bang. Gerald L. Schroeder
God, Darwin and Design. Prof. Kenneth Miller, April 2010
God of Antimatter. Prof. Gerald Gabrielse, March 2006
God, Providence, and the Evolutionary Phenomenon of Cooperation. Prof. Sarah Coakley, November 2008
Gorillas and God: The Evolutionary Roots of Religion. Dr. Barbara King, September 2010
Hampshire College Sciences and Religion Lecture Series
Heretical Thoughts about Science and Society. Dr. Freeman J. Dyson
Islamic Soufism Documentary. RE114 Living Religions of the World
Human Genetics and the Image of God. Dr. Graeme Finlay, November 2006
Jesus in Beijing: How Christianity is Transforming China and Changing the Global Balance of Power. RE114 Living Religions of the World
Veteran TIME magazine senior correspondent and Beijing bureau chief, Dr. David Aikman, details the story of China’s enormously rapid conversion to Christianity and what this change means to the global balance of power.
The Language of God. Dr. Francis S. Collins
Lecture Series: Religion and Science Part 2: Can Faith and Science Co-exist? RE114 Living Religions of the World
- Speaker 1: He frequently gives lectures and conducts retreats within and outside of the U.S. Venerable Jian Hu represents the Buddhist religion.
- Speaker 2: He has edited two special issues of The Muslim World on topics related to contemporary Islam in America.
- Speaker 3: He has been involved with several local social justice causes and inter-faith dialogues.
- Speaker 4: Dr. Patel thinks that the mystery of God and His creation becomes easier to comprehend in light of modern science and mathematics along with the revelations laid down in ancient scriptures.
- Speaker 5: Rabbi Michael Lotker is a second career rabbi having been ordained at age 55 from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 2003. He is a physicist who spent his first career in Alternative Energy focusing on wind, solar and geothermal energy.
The Multiverse, Ultimate Causation and God. Prof. George F. R. Ellis, November 2007
Mystery in Science, Reason in Religion: How the Two Intersect and Overlap. Prof. Francis Everitt
Mysteries of the Delphis Oracle: Ancient Religion, Modern Science. Dr. John R. Hale, March 2011
Nanotechnology – Grey Goo or Great God?. Prof. Andrew Briggs, March 2005
Natural, Belief and the Supernatural. Dr. Lawrence Principe (Professor of chemistry & History of Science,
Medicine & Technology at Johns Hopkins University), April 2007
Religion after Darwin?. Dr. Philip Kitcher, April 2009
Stem Cells – Playing God Again?. Dr. William Hurlbut, March 2007
Sufism vs. Science. RE114 Living Religions of the World
Using science to show how Sufism is the best religion since to be a Sufi is to a scientist on how to serve God.
The Trotter Prize and Endowed Lecture Series
What is Mysticism, Sufism – An Interview With Professor William C. Chittick. RE114 Living Religions of the World
Interview 10/12/09 on the radio show “Science, Health and Healing” with host Majid Ali, MD (WBAI 99.5 FM Pacifica Radio) in anticipation of the Ibn Arabi conference in New York, November 6 2009