International Society for Science & Religion

International Society for Science & Religion



The International Society for Science & Religion was established in 2002 for the purpose of the promotion of education through the support of inter-disciplinary learning and research in the fields of science and religion conducted where possible in an international and multi-faith context.

The Society took shape after a four-day conference in Granada, Spain, which until the late 15th century was the center of peaceful discourse between scholars of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

Phillip Clayton, California-based philosopher and theologian:

“What we are hoping for is a cross-fertilization between two of the greatest forces of the human spirit – science and religion.”

The late Arthur Peacocke, Church of England priest and physical biochemist at Oxford University:

“As we face the universal claims of science and confront its new challenges together, may we find a common spiritual ground among ourselves.”

Bruno Guiderdoni, research director at the Paris Institute of Astrophysics:

“Once our spiritual nature is recognized, how is it possible to bring violence to each other?”


American Regional Meeting November 2014

The International Society for Science and Religion is sponsoring a 24-hour conference on the eve of the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, which is held this year in San Diego in late November. The ISSR pre-conference begins at 1:00 pm on Friday and runs through 11:30 am on Saturday. Four events are featured:

First, from 1:00 to 4:30, there will be a panel of speakers addressing recent research on emergence in science, philosophy, and religion.  Second, from about 4:45-6:45, we are planning an ISSR members-only dinner, hosted by our newly elected president, Michael Reiss. The dinner comes at no charge for members, but reservations are required.  To reserve your place, please send an email to Ron Cole-Turner at Third, following dinner at 7:00, ISSR is co-sponsoring an evening session on positive responses to evolution among evangelical Christians.  Finally, on Saturday from 8:30 to 11:30, ISSR has organized a panel on religion and ecology.  For details on the program, including a list of confirmed speakers and room locations, please see the conference website (


ISSR Vienna Conference 2015

ISSR is collaborating with Sigmund Freud University in Vienna to organize an International Congress on

Science and/or Religion:
A 21st Century Debate.

The core theme of the conference is

The Science and Religion Debate in Current Social Context.

The dates are 27-29 August 2015.

More information can be found at

There will be a keynote symposium on science, religion and naturalism, with three invited speakers: Niels Gregersen, Mikael Stenmark and Wesley Wildman.

Other invited Speakers will include:

Philip Clayton on Science and Religion in a World of Religious Pluralism
Elaine Ecklund on How Scientists View Religion: An International Survey
Andrew Newberg on Brain Processes in Religious Practices
Michael Reiss on Educational Issues in Science and Religion
Michael Ruse on Atheism and Science
Abdolkarim Soroush, an influential Iranian philosopher and religious reformer
Fraser Watts on Implications of the ‘Naturalness’ of Different Aspects of Religion.
Other invited speakers may be added.


Submissions are warmly invited from ISSR members and others.

The deadline for abstract/workshop/panel submission deadline is 1 Dec. 2014.

Submissions are invited on a wide range of topics, including:

  • Science and Religions Explaining the Human Being
  • Science and Religions Explaining Religion-/Spirituality-related Phenomena
  • Applied Issues in the 21st Century.

This will be a major international congress and we hope to see many ISSR members there. We also strongly encourage the participation of a wide range of international academics and graduate students (PhD and Masters) and would appreciate it if members could be active in drawing it to the attention of faculties, centers and individuals who might be interested.

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