4-day workshop, the first session is mandatory.
- Friday, Aug 30 | 6pm – 9pm (Mandatory Session)
- Saturday, Aug 31 | 9:30am – 6pm
- Sunday, Sept. 1 | 9:30am – 6pm
- Monday, Sept. 2 | 9:30am – 4pm
We have very limited seating available, register today.
- Workshop | $350
- or $100/session
- Tarbiya House Natomas | 1164 National Dr. Unit 30, Sacramento, CA 95834
Many advocates (and critics) of religion often present it as largely (if not exclusively) a matter of “faith” or “the heart” in which intellect, reason, and the mind play a little-to-no role. Similarly, many advocates (and critics) of science often paint it as largely (if not exclusively) a matter of “reason” or “the head” in which emotion, intuition, and the imagination play a little-to-no role. At the very best when one side does recognize the validity of the other, it is always on the condition of predetermined subservience to its own pre-established conclusions. When we look at these widely accepted descriptions of religion and science we find a “mindless religion” contrasted (and often pitted) against “heartless (or soulless) science.” This Manichean distinction between religion and science plays a central role in the self-understanding and self-definition of both secular modernity and religious fundamentalism. The consequences of these definitions manifest themselves in the form of a shrill confrontation and conflict in the culture at large pitting “rational, progressive science” against the “timeless wisdom of revealed religion.”
As a result of this conflictual atmosphere, discussions about the place and role of religion and science in contemporary society do not go beyond self-serving monologues when the ‘ulema are addressing students in the madrassahs and the professors are addressing students in the university. This type of discussion often devolves into a shouting match when the two parties have to talk to each other. A careful examination shows that these self-serving monologues and shouting matches are embedded in a whole set of ideologically charged, unexamined presuppositions. These presuppositions cannot but fan the flames of conflictual confrontation while at the same time pre-empting fruitful dialogue (to say nothing of possible integration). It is an urgent need of the day to step back from the ideologically charged atmosphere that prevails in both the university and the madrassah and lay bare the unexamined presuppositions that shape the dominant definitions of both “religion” and “science.” This will set the stage for identifying the preconditions of moving from a conflict-independence to a dialogue-reconciliation conception of the relationship between religion and science. This workshop will seek to meet this very need of the day.