Update from our Research Projects
Guest Blog Dr Caroline Tee
Reading the Bible and Qur’an in Light of Science
On 20-21 April 2016, the Faraday Institute hosted a fascinating group of 22 invited scholars for a workshop in Cambridge, focusing on the religious scriptures of Christianity and Islam and the question of their interpretation in a modern, scientific age. Experts in Biblical and Qur’anic exegesis joined scholars of science and religion and inter-faith dialogue in a series of lively round-table discussions. These began with a comparative exploration of the stories of the creation of Adam in the Bible and Qur’an, using a technique known as Scriptural Reasoning. From this starting point of inter-textual encounter, discussions were then structured around three key questions: first, how does scripture retain its authority in our day, when powerful cultural narratives such as those of science might seem to undermine its teachings? Second, how have interactions between scripture and culture been played out in the past, and what can we learn from the historical precedent? And third, how is scriptural revelation understood in Christianity and Islam, and what are the specific issues facing each tradition regarding translation and techniques for reading?
Our discussions benefited from the valuable participation of some leading scholars of both faith traditions from the UK and USA, and will inform the next stage of the research project ‘Science and Scripture in Christianity and Islam’, for which we are still recruiting fieldwork participants (www.sciencescripture.org
). If you meet the criteria and would like to take part, then please do get in touch via the website.