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Is the universe – and our place in it – the result of random chance, or is there an ultimate meaning to existence? Where did the constants of nature come from? Were they created by a higher force, or can they be explained in some other way? How could a mechanism as complex as a universe evolve without a creator? There are many ways to explain the origin and development of our complex universe, but among these competing worldviews, using the law of parsimony, we should accept the simplest explanation. Naturalism and theism both have their own explanatory virtues, but this presentation argues that of the two, theism is a simpler, more probable, explanation.
05:30 pm to 07:00 pm, 7 Mar
Gopal K. Gupta is an associate professor at the University of Evansville, USA, where he teaches courses that explore the world’s living religions, Eastern religious philosophies and the intersection between religion and science. His book, Māyā in the Bhāgavata Purāṇa: Human Suffering and Divine Play, is published by Oxford University Press. Dr. Gupta serves as the editor for the Journal of Hindu-Christian Studies (JHCS). JHCS is a widely read, peer-reviewed, journal in the field of comparative religion. He has authored various articles in academic books and journals and presented at numerous conferences. Some of his works include: “Hindu Perspectives on Artificial Life and the Self,” “Woman as Māyā: Gendered Narrative in the Bhāgavata Purāṇa,” and “‘May Calamities Befall Us at Every Step:’ The Bhāgavata’s Response to the Problem of Evil.” Dr. Gupta completed his D.Phil. in Religious Studies and MST in Science and Religion from the University of Oxford, UK.