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1. Dialogue Between a Specific Religion and Science

Jewish scholars such as Norbert SamuelsonNorbert M. Samuelson, Judaism and the Doctrine of Creation (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994). Note that Samuelson is exploring the formation of a center for Judaism and science at Arizona State...and Daniel MattDaniel C. Matt, God & The Big Bang: Discovering Harmony Between Science & Spirituality (Woodstock, Vermont: Jewish Lights Publishing, 1996).and scientists such as Joel Primack (cosmology)Joel R. Primack and Nancy Abrams, ""In a Beginning..": Quantum Cosmology and Kabbalah," Tikkun 10, pp. 66-73 (Jan-Feb) (1995); Joel R. Primack, "Cosmology and Culture," CTNS..., Carl Feit (biology) and Ken Kendler (genetics and psychiatry), have begun a serious exploration of Judaism, both in its philosophical and its mystical forms, in relation to contemporary cosmology, evolutionary biology, and psychology. Samuelson’s work brings together issues of cosmology and cosmogony (the structure and origins of the universe) from Hebrew scriptures, Greek philosophy, Jewish philosophy and contemporary physics, producing new insights on the relation between God and creation from a liberal Jewish perspective. Matt and Primack, for example, have developed a metaphorical connection between Andrej Linde’s quantum cosmology, with its finite domains in superspace, and the kabbalistic doctrine of tsimtsum. Here the infinite God withdraws in order to yield room for finite creation, as suggested by Linde’s views.Two Christian theologians who share Trinitarian and panentheistic commitments --- Jurgen Moltmann and Elizabeth Johnson --- have also found tsimtsum helpful in their accounts of creation, particularly...Muslin dialogue with science is developing through religious scholars such as S. H. NasrS. H. Nasr, Living Sufism (London: Unwin Paperbacks, 1980); Z. Sardar, Explorations in Islamic Science (London: Mansell, 1989). and scientists such as Muzzafar Iqbal (chemistry),Muzzafar Iqbal, "Five Eminent Early Muslim Scientists and Their Contributions to Islamic Scientific Thought," Islamic Thought and Scientific Creativity 3.3(September 1992).Mehdi Golshani (physics),Medhi Golshani, "How I Understand the Study of Science as a Muslim," CTNS Bulletin 17.4(Fall 1997); Mehdi Golshani, Editor, Can Science Dispense With Religion? (Tehran: Institute for Humanities...and Bruno Guiderdoni (astronomy).A particularly helpful analysis is in Christopher Southgate, Celia Deane-Drummond, et al., eds., God, Humanity and the Cosmos: A Textbook in Science and Religion (Harrisburg: Trinity Press International,...Buddhist dialogue with science now includes religious scholars such as Rusei Tanaka in Japan and Mark Unno and Jensine AndresenJensine Andresen, "Review Article: Science and Technology in Non-Western Cultures," Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science 34.2(June 1999); Jensine Andresen, "Vajrayna Art and Iconography," the US. A Special Issue of The Pacific World: Journal of The Institute of Buddhist Studies featured articles on Buddhism, medicine, science and technology.See Victor Mansfield, "Time in Madhyamika Buddhism and Modern Physics," The Pacific World: Journal of The Institute of Buddhist Studies 11 & 12 (1995); Shoyo Taniguchi, "Modern Science... Native American dialogue with science is being pursued by biologist Dawn Adams and colleagues at Tapestry, Texas and through the American Indian Science and Engineering Association.See also Gregory Cajete, Indigenous Science (Clear Light Publishers, 2000). and the online journal Winds of Change at for articles on native american spirituality and science.

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