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Author: Hardev Singh Virk
Publisher: Singh Brothers
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788172054007
The Sikh scripture attempts to focus on the relevance of Scientific Vision and Interfaith Dialogue during the 3rd millennium. Science and Religion are not polarized in the Sikh text. The interrogative technique is very much at the heart of the SGGS, and is extremely valuable in that it instills freedom and creativity in the minds of its readers and hearers.
Guru Nanak’s basic principle that we are made up of the same stuff as the rest of our universe prefigures the Big Bang Theory that we have all emerged from the basic mater of the universe.
We discern in SGGS a process that “de-enters” the earth. Out focus is directed from the earth into exhilarating vistas beyond our notions of space and time. Interestingly, Guru Nanak made these claims when the geocentric model of the universe was still dominant.
The SGGS thus serves as a treasury for the physicist, geologist, chemist and biologist alike and with their own and indeed different expertise, the Natural scientists can tap into its inexhaustible wealth.
Professor H.S. Virk’s volume on the scientific vision in Sri Guru Granth Sahib is a splendid addition to Sikh scholarship. He brings his expertise in the area of Physics to the Sikh sacred text, and offers an exciting bridge between religious studies and natural sciences, which remain divided in our contemporary society. Professor Virk’s exploration of the symbiosis of science and religion is much needed.
= Nikky-Guninder Kaur Singh (Crawford Family Professor of Religious Studies Coldy Collage, Waterville, Maine, USA)
Dr H.S. Virk’s training in the multi-disciplinary fields of physical sciences, history and philosophy of science and theology has enabled him to write this book on Scientific Vision in Sikh Scripture and Interfaith Dialogue. We have been so impressed with his academic background and accomplishments that we gladly appointed him as the ISSR Fellow to execute a Project: “A Dialogue between Science and Spirituality with special reference to Sikh Religion”, during the year 2004-05. in fact, this book was conceived during this project.
= Dr. Job Kozhamthadam, SJ (Director, Indian Institute of Science & Religion, Jnana-Deepa Vidyapeeth, Pune, India)
Professor H.S. Virk’s as a Member of Institute of Sikh Studies (IOSS) has played an active role in promoting Sikhism in various international forums. He is one of the pioneers to interpret Gurbani in the light of modern scientific theories. His essays pertaining to the Science-Sikh Religion themes have been published regularly in the Abstracts of Sikh Studies, the journal of IOSS. Dr. Virk is a rare combination of Physics and Metaphysics and I expect more from his pen in future.
= Dr. Kharak Singh (Institute of Sikh Studies, Chandigarh)
Interfaith Dialogue: Introductory Note
1. Glimpses of a Scientific Vision in Sri Guru Granth Sahib
2. Cosmological Ideas in Science and Religion
3. Concept of Reality in Sri Guru Granth Sahib and its Physical, Metaphysical and Mystical Aspects
4. Concept of Sunya in Sri Guru Granth Sahib
5. Concept of Nature in Science and Sri Guru Granth Sahib
6. Concept of Time in Scientific and Sikh Traditions
7. The Origin of Life and Evolution according to Science and Gurbani
8. World-View in Sikh Religion
9. Global Perspectives in Science and Sikh Religion
10. Sikh Religion and Christianity: An Interfaith Dialogue
11. Sikh Religion and Islam: An Interfaith Dialogue
12. Sikh Religion and Hinduism: An Interfaith Dialogue
Epilogue: Religion, Science and Mankind
Appendix I: Hymn on Sunn
Appendix II: Hymn on Sikh Cosmology