Reflections on the Relation between Religion and Modern Rationalism

Parliament of the World's Religions Conference: Chicago – 1993 / (931)

One hundred years prior, Vivekananda popularly introduced Hinduism to America at the 1893 “Parliament of the World's Religions” held in Chicago. During this time, the so-called conflict thesis of religion and science dominated discourse. Thompson steers around that dilemma while engaging constructs drawn from the bhakti traditions identified with Gaudiya Vaisnavism. He further discusses a variety of research initiatives in quantum mechanics, genetics, and artificial intelligence, which appear amenable to a complementary relationship. Thompson also proposes practical methods drawn from the bhakti traditions for developing Vivekananda’s cherished goal, love of God.