How do Christian and Muslim scientists understand their scriptures today?
Can miracle stories in the Bible and Qur’an be read as real historical events? Do sacred texts contain modern scientific knowledge?
More information on the research project and its results can be found on the Science and Scripture project website hereThese are some of the questions that a research project run by the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion set out to answer.
In 2016 and 2017 the two project researchers, Hilary Marlow and Caroline Tee, conducted surveys and in-depth interviews with Muslim and Christian research scientists working at universities across the UK. The aim was to find out what participants thought about some of the big questions posed at the intersection of science and faith:
How did life begin and where do we come from?
How do we flourish and develop as human beings in a scientific world?
What is our purpose and destiny – in the present world and in terms of our ultimate future?
More information on the research project and its results can be found on the Science and Scripture project website here and the Faraday Institute website here.
Building on the results of this research, Hilary and Caroline have created Scriptural Reasoning text bundles that might facilitate discussion on the relationship between science and scripture. The text bundles include Jewish texts as well as Christian and Muslim ones and can be used in a wide range of contexts, including for general SR sessions. To stimulate conversation on science and faith, each bundle has a separate sheet of starter questions that can be used if you wish.