Science and Asian Spiritual Traditions

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This volume in the Greenwood Guides to Science and Religion series examines how Asian spiritual traditions — primarily the religions of India and China - interacted and influenced the understanding of the natural world over the last two millennia. Unlike the religious and scientific traditions of the Christian West, which developed in tandem, or even the Islamic world, which helped the rise of Western science, the Asian religious traditions did not encounter Western science until relatively recently. This has led...

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Science and Asian Spiritual Traditions (Greenwood Guides to Science and Religion Series)

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Overview

This volume in the Greenwood Guides to Science and Religion series examines how Asian spiritual traditions — primarily the religions of India and China - interacted and influenced the understanding of the natural world over the last two millennia. Unlike the religious and scientific traditions of the Christian West, which developed in tandem, or even the Islamic world, which helped the rise of Western science, the Asian religious traditions did not encounter Western science until relatively recently. This has led to a unique relationship between these two cultural phenomena. The volume will also address the impact of Western science had on these traditions, as well as the impact on western science of the recent study of Asian religions by New Age groups and philosophers.

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"This book does a superbly detailed job of delineating the spiritual traditions of China and India at their points of intersection with issues that we today would call scientific. He covers such fields as cosmology, astronomy, medicine and ecology, and show how each of these was understood in the tradiational thinking of China and India."

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Catholic Library World

"This is a useful and wide-ranging book that looks at the relationship between science and the Asian spiritual traditions. . . . I welcome this book that should greatly help those who want to have an introductory survey of this area. It is written in an accessible nontechnical style. The author has interesting things to say about many Asian practices in science and religion, and his explanations are, on the whole, clear and accurate. . . . recommended for those who are interested in the science-religion dialogue in a multicultural context."

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Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith

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Meet the Author

GEOFFREY REDMOND is the president of the Center for Health Research, Inc. and Director of the Hormone Center of New York. He is an expert on Chinese science, and the author of Science and Eastern Religion: A Critical Reappraisal. He is Director of Independent Scholars of Asia.

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Table of Contents

Series Foreword     vii
Acknowledgments     xv
Chronology     xvii
Introduction: Science and Spirituality in Traditional Asia     1
Understanding the Nature of Science and Spirituality in Other Cultures     13
Religion and Philosophy in Traditional China     35
The Metaphysics and Cosmology of Traditional China     55
The Metaphysics and Cosmology of Traditional India     83
Astronomy and Astrology in China and India     97
Ecology and Environmental Consciousness in China     127
Medicine in Traditional China and India     145
Chinese Ceramic Technology     183
Asian Spirituality and Science in the Modern World     195
Primary Sources     203
Annotated Bibliography     235
Index     247
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