Science and Religion: Christian and Muslim Perspectives

Author: David Marshall

October 1, 2012

Science and Religion: Christian and Muslim Perspectives provides a record of the 2009 Building Bridges seminar, a process of theological dialogue between leading Christian and Muslim scholars convened by then Archbishop of Canterbury Dr. Rowan Williams, who contributes a preface and an afterword to this volume. Essays in the first part of the volume survey some of the key issues in the relationship to science of Christianity and Islam, past and present. The second part of the volume presents a selection of texts relevant to the interface between religion and science, together with illuminating commentary. Along with discussion of some key religious thinkers, the legacy of Charles Darwin is also considered. In his preface, Rowan Williams speaks of the “challenging and intriguing conversation” about the relationship between religion and science, noting that it “has great significance for the whole of our global civilization.” This volume gives a fascinating record of some of the highlights of this particular conversation between Muslim and Christian scholars, held in Istanbul in 2009. 

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Table of Contents

  • Introduction | David Marshall
  • Building Bridges in Istanbul | Rowan Williams

Part I: Surveys

  • Science and the Christian Tradition: A Brief Overview | John Hedley Brooke
  • Science and Religion in the History of Islam | Ahmad Dallal
  • Science and Religious Belief in the Modern World: Challenges and Opportunities | Denis Alexander

Part II: Texts and Commentaries

Biblical Text

  • "Commentary" | Ellen F. Davis​   
  • "What is Creation? Subtle Insights from Genesis 1 Concerning the Order of the World" | Michael Welker

Qur'anic Texts

  • "Commentary" | Mustansir Mir

Classical Christian Texts

  • "Commentary: Science and Religion in the Classical Christian Tradition" | Emmanuel Clapsis​

Classical Islamic Texts

  •  "Commentary: The Importance of al-Ghazali and Ibn Rushd in the History of Islamic Discourse on Religion and Science" | Osman    Bakar

Charles Darwin

  • "Introduction to Darwin and the Selected Texts" | John Hedley Brooke​    
  • "Early Arabic Views of Darwin" | Marwa Elshakry

Modern Islamic Texts

  • "Introduction to Qutb and al-Sha'rawi" | Sherine Hamdy

Pope John Paul II 

  • "Commentary" | Celia Deane-Drummond

Afterword | Rowan Williams

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