Hinduism and Science: A Research Project

Attn:  Adherents of Hinduism

This research is designed to examine the faith vs. science "reconciliation theories" of Hinduism and other religious belief systems.  That is, how do believers of Hinduism reconcile the tenets of your faith with science-derived knowledge that may be, or appear to be, incompatible with those beliefs?

Please contribute to this research by articulating how Hinduism (or your personal interpretation of it) may be reconciled with natural science, as represented in the "Reasons for Skepticism" section of the free e-book The Reason Revolution: Atheism, Secular Humanism, and the Collapse of Religion.  This short e-book requires only 20 to 30 minutes to read.

Several reconciliation theories, primarily Christian in nature, are contained in the current text of the book.  Find those theories, and instructions for preparing your own, by clicking "Reconciliation Theories" in the table of contents of the e-book.

As you will see, the e-book presents a science-based argument for atheism and secular humanism.  This research offers an opportunity for you to present an alternative view, drawing on your religious tradition.

I intend to publish a supplement to the e-book containing the results of this research, which will hopefully lead to greater mutual understanding among people of all faith positions, including atheists.  Thank you for your contribution.
Click here to download the free e-book.

Dan Dana, PhD
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Comment by DAN DANA on August 5, 2014 at 12:27pm

Pandey, thanks for your helpful comment.  I agree with you that religions are rarely consciously concocted for the purpose of deceiving believers, but rather evolve within culture over time, as do the arts, language, etc.

I sent you my email address separately, and look forward to corresponding with you to define "reconciliation theories" that devout Hindus would subscribe to.  thanks again, Dan Dana

Comment by prem prakash pandey on August 5, 2014 at 3:34am

Dear Dan, I am a born Hindu from India. I read the book and liked the contents. My own views are very similar to views expressed in the book. In India too the ministers take oath of offices in the name of GOD and in courts people are asked to swear by holy books before making statements. The temples and shrines are generally immune to rules and regulations that is applicable to other non religious institutions. Most of what is written about Government's acts favoring religion  is true here too. The only aspect I beg to differ is that in my opinion religions too have evolved just like arts, languages, music etc through incremental contributions by individuals and groups without ill intentions and out of perceived truths of those times. I do not think that religions are consciously concocted stories by any group or individual with any aim of using it as source of power and money. But in stead it grew piece by piece to become institutions as we see today. I am not a writer and I am not very good at English but would try to interact  and contribute to your research. Regards. P P Pandey.



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