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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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Setting the Scene

Setting the Scene

(p.29) Chapter 1 Setting the Scene
Hindu Theology and Biology

Jonathan B. Edelmann

Oxford University Press

Introduces the Bhāgavata Purāṇa and its commentarial tradition as seen within the context of traditional Indian thought and modern Indological studies, highlighting the specific theological and historical themes that are most relevant to a dialogue with the sciences. Furthermore, it introduces the relevant historical and theological themes present within the Western history of science since the time of Francis Bacon to the present, highlighting the specific themes that will later be addressed from a Hindu theological perspective.

Keywords:   Purāṇic literature, Purāṇic natural history, Indological Purāṇic studies, early modern science and religion, geology and scriptural literalism, book of scripture and book of nature, mutability of species, modern evolutionary synthesis

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