|science noun (knowledge obtained from) the systematic study of the structure and behavior of the natural and physical world, by observation and experiment.|
|religion noun the belief in and worship of a god or gods, or any such system of belief and worship.|
Science and religion both claim to give us insight into where the universe and the beings who populate it have come from. Sometimes science is considered to be atheistic by nature, but in reality, the methodology of science can be used whether our initial hypotheses are theistic or atheistic. That science has come up with useful knowledge that has enabled us to make rapid technological progress is undeniable. Science has also attempted to explain the origin of the universe and the origin of life itself. Due to its success in the technological sphere, people tend to look on scientists as authorities and accept their theories of universal origins and the origin of life, although they can not be demonstrated so readily by experiment as the theories underlying modern technology. In fact, sometimes empirical evidence is discarded to maintain these popular scientific theories, when according to the scientific method, the theories should be adjusted to accommodate the new evidence. There also exists evidence supportive of the religious ideas of an all-powerful, all-knowing controller (God) and individual discrete units of consciousness (souls) which are distinct from the bodies they inhabit. Some of this evidence comes from scientists with university degrees and positions in the academic community. Besides this, in writings from ancient India there are descriptions of a nonmechanistic science of yoga whereby one can connect with the supreme consciousness. This web site on science and religion books discusses these ideas and more. Come and investigate!
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Science and religion books describes books and videos giving some insight into fundamental questions about human life. How has the universe come into being? How has human life originated? What is the nature of consciousness? Is there other intelligent life in the universe? These are some of the questions we discuss in light of modern scientific evidence and the ancient wisdom of India. Govardhan Hill, Inc. (GHI) is a nonprofit educational institution named after a sacred mountain in north-central India. Some of our books are listed below.
God & Science: Divine Causation and the Laws of Nature is a collection of twenty-one essays, organized by topic, that examine the relationship between modern science and the Vaishnava tradition of India. Although little known in the West, the Vaishnava tradition is based on a monotheistic philosophy having much in common with Judeo-Christian thought. When brought into contact with modern science, Vaishnavism generates some of the same questions that arise from the confrontation of science and Christianity. At the same time, there are significant differences. These essays contain a smorgasbord of novel insights that provide new perspectives on the relation between science and religion.
Maya: The World As Virtual Reality shows how many theories of consciousness have limited ability to describe both our actual experience and the results of experiments which shed light on the nature of consciousness. Dr. Richard L. Thompson induces a theory that our consciousness is linked up to our bodies and this world just like a human subject is linked up to a computer-generated virtual reality, as in The Matrix movies. This virtual reality theory can accommodate both modern theories of physics and as well as religious and paranormal phenomena which science traditionally has had difficulty dealing with. Dr. Thompson also explores what religious traditions such as Buddhism and Gaudiya Vaishnavism have to say about consciousness and how they can fit within a virtual reality model.
Mysteries of the Sacred Universe demonstates that the ancient Indian text known as Srimad-Bhagavatam or Bhagavata Purana contains unexpected depths of knowledge in ancient cosmology. We show Bhagavata cosmology is a sophisticated system, with multiple levels of meaning that encode at least four different astronomical, geographical, and spiritual world models. Comparison with the ancient traditions of Egypt and the Near East shows early cultural connections between India and these regions—including a surprisingly advanced science. However, quantitative science is only part of the picture. Mysteries of the Sacred Universe also offers a clear understanding of how the spiritual dimension was integrated into ancient Indian cosmology. We also have a related CD and video. (Book is temporarily out of print.)
Mechanistic and Nonmechanistic Science: This book shows that the mechanistic paradigm of modern science cannot account for consciousness, inspiration, and the origin of living species. However, these are all tied together in a unified way by the fundamental paradigm of the Bhagavad-gita. The book includes both popular and technical chapters.
Christian Bible Study This downloadable study includes basics of bible knowledge and understanding Christian beliefs. Includes a full study with teacher's guide.
Vedic Cosmography and Astronomy: The universe as described in the Fifth Canto of Srimad-Bhagavatam (Bhagavata Purana) seems strikingly different from the universe of modern astronomy. This book addresses this apparent conflict in detail, and outlines a systematic approach to understanding the Fifth Canto. Topics include the celestial geometry of Bhu-mandala, mystic powers and higher-dimensional realms, Vedic mathematical astronomy, the dating of Kali-yuga, space travel, the moon flight, astrophysical anomalies, and much more.
Forbidden Archeology: Over the past two centuries, researchers have found bones and artifacts showing humans like us existed millions of years ago. But scientists have suppressed, ignored, or forgotten these pieces of evidence. Prejudices based on current scientific theory have acted as a knowledge filter. Thus we have come to accept a picture of prehistory that is largely incorrect. Forbidden Archeology is a call for a change in today's rigid scientific mindset. Bringing to light a great number of long hidden artifacts and skeletal remains, the authors challenge us to rethink our understanding of human origins and the accepted methods of science itself. An abridged version of the book is available named The Hidden History of the Human Race.
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