Advancing theological and scientific literacy for today’s ʿulamāʾ
3.3.5: Contemporary Worldview
The Contemporary mosaic will probably look more familiar to us than its predecessors. It includes, after all, the theories and methods taught at the very universities you’re attending. We have borne the Contemporary mosaic since about the 1920s. It includes accepted theories like neuroscience, quantum mechanics, special and general relativity, and cosmology, which we will consider in more depth below, in addition to the theories of evolutionary biology, genetics, chemistry, psychology, sociology, economics, and history… (Barseghyan et al., 2018).
In this lecture, Dr. Barseghyan explores the foundations behind some of the shifts behind our understanding of the natural world. Recent transitions include the scientific consensus around how matter behaves–neuroscience and quantum mechanics. You can follow along with the chapter as well.
The Madrasa Discourses project proposes that a conciliation of traditional Islamic thought with contemporary scientific and philosophical worldviews can result in orthodox affirmations of human dignity essential for peaceful coexistence in a pluralistic world.