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Hindu Theology and BiologyThe Bhagavata Purana and Contemporary Theory$
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Jonathan B. Edelmann

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199641543

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199641543.001.0001

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Hindu Theology and Biology

Jonathan B. Edelmann

Oxford University Press

Explains the rationale and need for a dialogue between Hinduism and science, while clarifying the specific texts and traditions that will be involved here, as well as the methodology. In addition, it addresses the potential benefits and difficulties involved in bringing a Hindu theological tradition into conversation with contemporary science, as well as what the term Hindu theology might mean in today’s context given its ancient and medieval meanings such as mantavya and brahma-jijñāsā. It explains the state of the art in science and religion, arguing for the power of the ‘complexity theory’, and establishes and defines ‘worldview’ as the best lens through which to examine this dialogue.

Keywords:   europeanization of the globe, complexity theory, worldview, Hindu theology, rationale for East–West dialogy, Tao of Physics, sambhanda, abhideya, prayojana, pramāṇa, classification of biological texts

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