Science and Faith: Two Faces of the Same Fact

Science and Faith: Two Faces of the Same Fact

by Mustafa Mencutekin

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Overview

Trust in the unity of knowledge was initially shaken by Descartes' Cartesian dualism. This quake was followed by positivism in the 19th century. On the binary scale, it was ignorance against scientific thought up until positivism replaced it with religious faith and reasoning. From then on, that peculiarity of dualism has been coiling around the circles of philosophy and knowledge almost as a dogma, whereas in reality, science and faith are two different lights that emanate from the same truth. Yes, there exist some stances seeking to present science and religious faith in opposition to one another. It is even claimed that an individual scientist may be a believer, but science itself must be unbelieving. This humble collection of articles published in The Fountain Magazine infers that science and faith walk side by side on the path seeking to uncover the nature of human beings and the mysteries of creation. Any kind of knowledge, however scientific it may be, is doomed to err if it rejects the cooperation of faith. The situation has been that human beings, from time to time, have denied religion in the name of science and denied science in the name of religion, arguing that the two present conflicting views from one another. Consequently, the fundamental question that needs to be answered is simple: If all knowledge belongs to God and religion is from Him, how then can the two be in conflict?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781935295235
Publisher: Blue Dome Press
Publication date: 09/07/2013
Pages: 142
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Mustafa Mencutekin is the Chair of the Department of Animation Film in the Faculty of Fine Arts in Marmara University. He has written several articles in Turkish and English about the communicative and morphological aspects of movies. He has taught cinema in communication studies in the Distance Learning Program in Alfred University, Istanbul, Turkey. He lives in Istanbul, Turkey.

Table of Contents

Editor's Preface 9

Misunderstandings about Science and Technology 11

Quantum Entanglement: Illusion or Reality? 15

Nature: A Book to Be Contemplated 21

The Islamic Conceptualization of the Sciences 28

Mathematics and the Universe 33

Connection, Always and Everywhere 38

Action and Coincidence 44

The Holy Qur'an and Dirac's Theory of Pairs 50

Time and Beyond as a Dimension 57

A Tale of Design and Love 61

Physics of the Unseen 70

A Dead End for Science or a Call to the Creator 77

Ensoulment: When Does Human Life Begin? 82

Two Different Fields for Science and Religion 94

Causality and the Qur'anic World-View 103

The Universe in the Light of Modern Physics 112

The Sub-Atomic World and Creation 118

Quest to Solve the Mystery of Life 124

Science and Religion: Between Friction and Harmony 129

The Delicate Balance of Life on Earth 135

Index 141

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