We desperately need more dialogue among Abrahamic scholars. We share (some) beliefs, scriptures and religion. And we are members of communities that for religious reasons are suspicious of and sometimes even hostile to science. How can we encourage faithful scientific inquiry among Abrahamic believers?
While the implications of randomness for providence—how can God achieve God’s purposes if the world is random--have received attention in the Christian tradition, these issues have been less well-explored outside of that tradition. We propose a joint Muslim-Jewish-Christian, faith-based inquiry involving senior physicists (Karl Svozil, Nathan Aviezer, Bruno Guiderdoni, Nidhal Guessoum), a biologist (Rana Dajani), and philosophers (Alan Love, Rob Koons, Caner Taslaman, Josef Stern) into the implications of randomness for divine providence. This project will also recruit and induct 24 brilliant and young Abrahamic philosophers into science and religion (and into conversation with one another).
The concluding conference, translations, scholarly and popular monographs, scholarly articles, and videos will inform and inspire younger students and scholars about the wonders of science and its consilience with various Abrahamic religious beliefs.
This primarily academic project also aims to shape the character of its scholars in ways that embrace difference, reconciliation, and compassion (without compromising faith). In addition to the work of world-class senior scholars, the twenty four junior scholars will make a three-year commitment to work together, side-by-side and thought-by-thought, on projects of mutual interest. Project participants will gather together annually, remain in constant contact, all the while develop relationships conducive to understanding, love and peace. These emerging thought-leaders will take their new ideas and newly developed empathy into their classrooms and out to their communities.