Evolutionary Theory

May 1989 / (199)

Thompson’s introduction to this seminar examines both the contrasts and comparisons between Gaudiya Vaisnava perspectives of the natural world and neo-Darwinian analyses. Since the Bhagavat Purana presents a life-centered worldview in contrast to scientific perspectives that consider life as a by-product of matter, that could suggest an essential conflict. In this presentation, Thompson offers a brief history highlighting misconceptions associated with the scholarly discredited science and religion warfare thesis, followed by an overview of knowledge identified with both traditions that invites further analysis.