Islam’s Quantum Challenge: Living Islam in the Age of Science

Friday, March 9, 2018 - Sunday, March 11, 2018

Goshen College, Goshen Indiana

The eighteenth annual Goshen Conference on Science and Religion was held on the campus of Goshen College in Goshen, Indiana, Friday, Marchh 9, 2018, through Sunday, March 11, 2018.  The speaker for the 2018 conference was Dr. Muzaffar Iqbal.

Dr, Muzaffar Iqbal

Dr. Muzaffar IqbalMuzaffar Iqbal is the founder-president of Center for Islamic Sciences (, Canada, (previously, Center for Islam and Science); editor of Islamic Sciences, a semi-annual journal of Islamic perspectives on science and civilization, and General Editor of the seven-volume Integrated Encyclopedia of the Qur'an. the first English-language reference work on the Qur'an based on fourteen centuries of Muslim reflection and scholarship. The first volume was published in January 2013.

Dr. Iqbal received his Ph.D. in chemistry (University of Saskatchewan, Canada, 1983), and then left the field of experimental science to fully devote himself to study Islam, its spiritual, intellectual and scientific traditions. More information about Dr. Iqbal can be found here.

Dr. Iqbal presents the complexities of the discourse on the relationship between Islam and science within the broader context of the Muslim encounter with modernity in three lectures.

Lecture 1: Understanding the Islam and Science Nexus: A Discourse on Method

This lecture provides a methodology—an alternative methodology—to understand the Islam and science nexus. In recent decades, the science and religion discourse has been framed mainly by an historically-construed relationship of science with Christianity, presumably in conflict with science, and even though many theologians have attempted to gloss the rough edges, the initially construed binary remains. Thus, a ubiquitous and has always defined the framework of the discourse, even when extended to other religions as diverse as Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism. This framing is particularly problematic for Islam. This first lecture explains why and suggests and alternative methodology.

Lecture 2: God, Life, and the Cosmos in an Islamic Mirror

When and how did the cosmos come into existence? When and how did life appear on earth? Is there an end to creation or will it endure forever? The origin and ultimate destiny of human life on earth has always been at the center of the human quest for knowledge, self-identity, and relationship with the Creator and with others. This lecture presents fundamental Islamic beliefs about God, life, and the cosmos and explores their relationship with scientific cosmology and evolution.

Lecture 3: Islam, Science, Muslims, and Technology: Contemporary Challenges

The “challenge of science” is perhaps the most serious challenge that Islam has faced in its fourteen-hundred-year history. Science yields technology and technologies change the way we live, procure food, construct dwellings, communicate and travel—in short, they redefine both space and time around us. Islam has its own peculiar demands on the believers with respect to both space and time. This lecture explores the nature of time and space in Islam and the challenges which Muslims face, both as individuals as well as collectively.


Deep Incarnation: From Cosmos to Commitment


Friday, April 7, 2017 - Sunday, April 9, 2017


Goshen College, Goshen Indiana


The seventeenth annual Goshen Conference on Science and Religion was held on the campus of Goshen College in Goshen, Indiana Friday, April 7, 2017, through Sunday, April 9, 2017.  The speaker for the 2017 conference was Niels Gregersen of the University of Copenhagen.  Gregersen presented three lectures on the following topcs:

  • The Cosmic Christ: God in a World of Mass, Energy, and Information
  • Christ and Biology: Creativity and Suffering in a World of Biological Agency
  • Christ and Culture: The Jesus Story and the Cultivation of Commitment

Niels Henrik Gregersen

Niels Henrik Gregersen

Niels Henrik Gregersen (born 1956) holds the PhD from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark (1987). Since 2004 he has been Professor of Systematic Theology, University of Copenhagen. He was Assistant Professor of Ethics and Philosophy of Religion (1986-1989), Associate Professor in Systematic Theology (1989-2000), and Research Professor in Theology & Science (2000-2004) at Aarhus University.

Gregersen has been a Fellow of Center of Theological Inquiry, Princeton since 1996, and the J.K. John Russell Fellow at the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences, Berkeley, October 2004 and 2013. He has received several international research awards, among them a research award of $100,000 from the John Templeton Foundation for his work on the constructive interface between science & religion.

He lectures widely in Europe and the USA, and has been invited to be the main speaker to major conferences in South Africa, Asia (China, Japan and South Korea), and in Australia. He writes in Danish, English and German, and has been translated into Swedish, French, Dutch, Russian, Romanian, Korean, Japanese, and Chinese.

Gregersen's work focuses on two research fields:

(1) How to develop a constructive Christian theology in the context of secularized and multi-religious Western societies? Within systematic theology, he specializes in the theology of creation and Christology, but has written on most topics of Christian theology.
(2) How to bring about a mutual interaction between science and religion that also allows religious reflection to be an active player? Within the field of science and religion, he specializes in the philosophy of evolutionary biology and the sciences of complexity.

His list of publications contains more than 500 entries, including 5 books, 2 co-authored books and more than twenty edited volumes. He has published some 150 articles in Nordic, German and English books and journals.