Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Heading over to Creighton University

by Salman Hameed

The Kripke Center at Creighton University, Omaha, is holding a two day symposium on Religion and the Sciences: Opportunities and Challenges on Feb 21-22. Here is the description of the symposium:
Scholars in many fields of religious and theological studies have used the sciences to address a number of issues and attempt to answer a variety of questions with which they
are confronted. This symposium will explore the intersection of religious/theological inquiry with the social and natural sciences and how religion scholars use the sciences to address issues of human sexuality, cosmology, the environment, social ethics, epistemology, and others.
If you are in Omaha and are interested in the topic, join us there. You can find the schedule of the symposium along with the titles of talks here. The Kripke Center also published the Journal of Religion and Society.

I'm excited to be visiting Creighton again. My friend/collaborator, Tracy Leavelle, is the chair of the history department there, and he will be presenting his Hawai'i work at the symposium. In addition I'm hoping that Jon Calvert - also in the history department at Creighton - will also attend the symposium. I highlighted his excellent biography of Sayyid Qutb a few years back, and also his thoughtful talk on the history and politics of Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood from last June.

If I get a chance, I will try to post from the symposium as well.

In the mean time, this is what I'm leaving behind in Amherst:

Okay, okay, it can be pretty as well. But still…Enough already! By the time I get back on Saturday, there better be spring here:


Christian said...

I hope you find the weather a little better in Omaha, as we've not had as much snow as our friends out east.

As a staff member at Creighton, I wanted to welcome you back to the university and Omaha. I hope the symposium is fruitful for you.

I was reading your blog post about finding science in the Qur'an and was mildly surprised that Muslim fundamentalists attempt the same kind of literalist reading of the scripture that many Christians also try to apply to the Bible.

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