MERIDEN — Local clergy told area residents they see science and religion as connected, not conflicting, studies during a conversation at Meriden Library earlier this week.
The discussion, organized by the Castle Craig Adult Learning Center Tuesday, included presentations by Zahir Mannan of the Baitul Aman Mosque Rabbi Michael Kohn of Temple B’nai Abraham and Pastor Peter Blossom from the South Meriden Trinity United Methodist Church. There were roughly 40 CCALC members in attendance.
Mannan presented the connection between the Islam faith and science. He spoke on topics such as embryology, evolution, numerology and cosmology. In regards to Muslims’ holy book, the Quran, Mannan said every living thing is made from water. In addition, he said that God’s throne is on water. He believes faith and science are different sides of the same coin.
“They both come from the same source in order to discover a fuller picture,” Mannan said. “Everything exists to recognize the creator.”
Kohn presented different types of science in its connection with Jews’ book of faith, the Torah. He talked about the big bang theory, how the world was completed in six days and time dilation regarding velocity and gravity. Kohn believes one cannot survive without the other.
“There’s always a relationship and balance,” Kohn said. “The science deals with the physical universe and religion deals with the spiritual universe.”
Blossom presented on many Christian scientists. He spoke how faith and science are complementary ways of knowing. However, he said that science is not enough to define relationships of living beings.
“I think that they complement themselves well,” Blossom said. “Both are ways of knowing and getting excited of God’s creation.”
Janice Karpinski, CCLAC member and event organizer, said the organization started with a group of teachers who wanted more opportunities to learn. Karpinski, who has organized three events during her 12 years with CCLAC, added the group currently has 108 members.
Middlesex Community College helps the group with its bookkeeping. There are two more events this season and will begin again in March.