Science and Faith in Judaism and Islam

Lecture Series, 2018–19

Lecture Series Science and Faith in Judaism and Islam

Scientific discoveries in astronomy, geology, and biology over the past centuries have called into question the centrality of humans as the “crown of creation.” Today, religious and scientific positions are often seen as irreconcilable.

Where

W. M. Blumenthal Academy,
Klaus Mangold Auditorium

Fromet-und-Moses-Mendelssohn-Platz 1, 10969 Berlin
(Opposite the Museum)

In the past, this conflicting relationship between religion and science was hardly the rule. Many theologists were also scientists and made significant contributions to our understanding of humanity and the surrounding world.

This lecture series sets out to explore the tensions and affinities between Judaism, Islam, and the sciences. It hopes to supplement the narrative of conflict with other narratives showing that both religions’ theologies have engaged deeply and broadly with the sciences.

Where

W. M. Blumenthal Academy,
Klaus Mangold Auditorium

Fromet-und-Moses-Mendelssohn-Platz 1, 10969 Berlin
(Opposite the Museum)

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Science and Faith in Judaism and Islam

Scientific discoveries in astronomy, geology, and biology over the past centuries have called into question the centrality of humans as the “crown of creation.”

Today, religious and scientific positions are often seen as irreconcilable. This lecture series sets out to explore the tensions and affinities between Judaism, Islam, and the sciences.

Science in the Light of Faith

20 November 2018, 7 pm
Geoffrey A. Mitelman and Ahmad S. Dallal discuss how Jewish and Islamic theologians have reflected for centuries on the conflicting powers of God and his revelation and human reason.

God, Darwin, and Evolution

31 January 2019, 7 pm
The insights of evolutionary biology have marked a sea change in our understanding of how life emerged. In light of this, how do Judaism and Islam envision their belief in Creation today? A discussion with Natan Slifkin (Biblical Museum of Natural History, Beit Shemesh) and Rana Dajani (Hashemite University, Jordan).

How Much God Is in the Holy Scriptures?

5 March 2019, 7 pm
How can belief in the divine revelation of Scripture be reconciled with historical textual research? A discussion between Benjamin Sommer, an expert in modern Jewish theology, and Abdelmajid Charfi, the editor of a recently published historical critical edition of the Quran.

Humanity: Between Destiny and Free Will

30 April 2019, 7 pm
New findings in psychology, neurology, and genetics have been increasingly casting doubt on humans’ capacity to make conscious decisions. This comes down to whether humans are responsible for their own actions. Is our free will really just an illusion? A discussion with Alan Mittleman (Jewish Theological Seminary of America) and Martin Mahmud Kellner (Institute of Islamic Theology, Osnabrück).

Do You Believe in Miracles?

13 June 2019, 7 pm
Many people are skeptical of miracle stories found in Jewish and Muslim Scripture, or reject them entirely. For others, as believers, they are objective accounts of the facts and proof of God’s existence. Is it possible to believe in miracles in this day and age? A discussion with James A. Diamond, the expert in Jewish philosophy, and Umeyye Isra Yazicioglu, a scholar of religion.

Creation and Evolution in Schools

4 July 2019, 7 pm
Evolutionary biology is not taught at some religious schools in the United States, Israel, and some Muslim-majority countries. This has encountered growing criticism, including from some Jewish and Muslim theologians and scholars. But how teachers present both scientific and theological views of the world without either de-legitimizing or reifying religious perspectives? The education scholars Rachel S. A. Pear and Anila Asghar discuss these questions from both Jewish and Muslim perspectives.