CFI-Los Angeles’ FEED YOUR BRAIN Lecture Series
The Illusion of Harmony – Science and Religion in Islam
Sunday, November 18
11 a.m. in Hollywood
4:30 p.m. in Costa Mesa
$6, or free for Friends of the Center
Muslim cultures are often enthusiastic about technology, but as a result of a reluctance to separate science from religion, they are resistant to modern scientific views of the world. Modern Muslims, no less than fundamentalist Christians, feel a need to respond to the tendency of modern science to cast doubt on supernatural realities, so states Prof. Taner Edis in his new book, The Illusion of Harmony: Science and Religion in Islam.
Conservative Muslims are distorting science to support traditional beliefs, endorsing creationism, or attempting to find modern science prophesied in the Quran, while more moderate Muslims move toward more metaphorical interpretations but have less power. Even liberals hesitate to separate science from religion. Some even try to “Islamize science.”
Prof. Edis, who was born in Istanbul of Turkish and American parents, holds a Ph.D. in physics from Johns Hopkins University. He has written and spoken frequently on religious and paranormal claims. His other books include The Ghost in the Universe: God in Light of Modern Science, and he co-edited Why Intelligent Design Fails: A Scientific Critique of the New Creationism. Copies of his books will be available for sale and signing.
The Center for Inquiry-Los Angeles
4773 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90027
2 blocks west of Vermont at Berendo
This lecture will be repeated at 4:30 p.m. at the
Costa Mesa Community Center
1845 Park Ave. in Costa Mesa