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  1. The Other Side of the World Eastern and Western Religious Views on Evolution Sindhu Raghunandan

  2. Outlook • Questions • What shaped western religion • What shaped eastern religion • Western religious views on evolution • Eastern religious views on evolution • Summary

  3. Questions • Is there a difference between the Eastern and Western Religious approach to Evolution? • If so how does it affect Eastern and Western societies today?

  4. What Shaped Western Culture • Social: • Political: • Religions: • Christianity • Judaism • Islam

  5. What Shaped Eastern Religion • Social: • Political: • Religious • Hinduism • Buddhism • Daoism • Shintoism


  6. Western Religions on Evolution • Christianity • Against Evolution • For Evolution • Judaism • Against Evolution • For Evolution • Islam • Against Evolution • For Evolution

  7. Eastern Religions on Evolution • Hinduism • For Evolution • Against Evolution • Buddhism • For Evolution • Against Evolution • Daoism • For Evolution • Against Evolution

  8. Summary • Eastern Religion is concerned with state of being and evolution of the mind • Western religion is concerned with origin of man as a platform to decide the true authority (religion or evolution) • Eastern religions sometimes isolate themselves from social structures • Eastern religions are much more accommodating of the idea of progression and development • Western cultures are affected today because: for example in fields such as stem cell research, the issue of the origin of life brings up the entire conflict between evolution and religion • whereas in eastern cultures because evolution and religion are seen as quite separate topics, there is no strain between the religious and scientific communities.

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