ABRAHAMIC REFLECTIONS ON SCIENCE AND RELIGION
Kelly James Clark is Senior Research Fellow at the Kaufman Interfaith Institute. Kelly has held visiting appointments at Oxford University, the University of St. Andrews and the University of Notre Dame. He is the author, editor, or co-author of more than twenty books and author of over fifty articles. Most relevant to this project are his Abraham’s Children: Liberty and Tolerance in an Age of Religious Conflict (Yale University Press), Strangers, Neighbors, Friends: Muslim-Christian-Jewish Reflections on Compassion and Peace (Cascade Books) and Religion and the Sciences of Origins (Palgrave-Macmillan). In conjunction with the tenth anniversary of 9-11, he organized a symposium, “Liberty and Tolerance in an Age of Religious Conflict” at Georgetown University. He writes a blog for the Huffington Post on issues at the intersection of religion and politics and on issues in science and religion.
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Thanks to a nearly $1M grant from the John Templeton Foundation, we have gathered an impressive array of scholars—scientists and philosophers worldwide—from each of the Abrahamic faiths to address the problem of randomness and providence: how can God achieve God’s purposes if reality is random? In each of these communities, we find an ongoing debate between moderate and fundamentalist approaches to religion, one that often pits science against religion. The importance of first-rate scholarship on this topic will serve as an example to these larger communities (scientific and religious) that faith and reason need not compete. Our aim is not primarily to settle issues in randomness and providence. Building on the terrific work recently done, we will also be training the next generation of scholars in the field of science and religion who will bring fresh eyes, new thoughts, and novel models to the field.
Kelly’s book, Abraham’s Children, was just translated into Turkish and published in Turkey, including a new essay by project senior scholar Caner Taslaman alongside previous essays by prominent Muslim, Christian and Jewish peace people, including Jimmy Carter and Abdurrahman Wahid, the first democratically elected President of Indonesia. There are still copies available in English!