International Society for Science & Religion

International Society for Science and Religion

The International Society for Science and 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.





Statement from the President

Welcome to the website of the International Society for Science and Religion. The relationship between science and religion has been a complicated one over the last century or two, and one that has attracted enormous public interest. Many of us believe that there is no necessary incompatibility between the two, and that they can be brought into fruitful dialogue.

Members of the Society examine the relationship between science and religion from the perspective of many different disciplines, and our membership includes scientists, theologians, historians, philosophers and others. As an international society, we are very conscious that we live in a pluralistic world, including a great diversity of religions, as well as many different sciences. We aim to make the Society as representative of this cultural diversity as possible.

Our activities include conferences (most of which are open to the public), and various other research and dissemination projects; we also publish on this website clear and balanced statements on a range of contentious issues. We aim to include in our membership the leading figures around the world concerned with science and religion, and to advance exploration of their interface for the benefit of all.

Thank you for visiting our website. We hope you will find what you are looking for here. We would welcome your comments and feedback.

Michael J Reiss

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?”


ISSR Meeting 18-19 November 2016 in San Antonio, Texas

ISSR is offering at least three sessions featuring new research in science and religion and held in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion. The ISSR sessions begin on Friday afternoon, 18 November, and continue through Saturday afternoon on the 19th. Details about the ISSR sessions will be posted to as they become available. There is no cost to attend ISSR-sponsored events.

Interested persons are encouraged to participate in other events offered directly through the American Academy of Religion, including many sessions related to science and technology. In cooperation with other groups, the ISSR is cosponsoring a Science and Religion Reception, to be held on Saturday evening. Please note that attendance at AAR events requires registration. For details on schedule and registration, please see


International Conference: Education, Science, and Religion

Puebla, Mexico, 8-10 February 2017

The International Society for Science and Religion, the Centre for Studies on Science and Religion (UPAEP, Mexico), and the Foundation for the Dialogue between Science and Religion (DECYR, Argentina) invite ISSR members, as well as non-members, to submit abstracts related to the major themes of this International Conference. The conference will take place at the Universidad Popular Autonoma del Estado de Puebla (UPAEP), Puebla, Mexico.

Plenary speakers include Profs Michael Reiss (UK), Celia Dean-Drummond (US), Juan Arana (Spain), Claudia Vanney (Argentina), José Funes (Argentina), Gianfranco Basti (Italy), and Juan José Blázquez (Mexico).


To present innovative educational strategies for the science and religion dialogue

To establish research on the social function of the science and religion dialogue

To strengthen the cultural and scholarly dialogue between science and religion

To locate the new perspectives on the science and religion dialogue in light of new technological and scientific advances

Conference themes:

The Big Questions between science and religion

History of the relations between science and religion

Epistemology and methodology of the science and religion dialogue

Education on science and religion

The science and religion dialogue as an educational experience

Pedagogic and didactic experiences in teaching science and religion

The social function of science and religion

Science and religion in society today

University, science, and religion

Science, religion and the future of humanity

Contributions to the contemporary cultural dialogue

Ethics of future science and technology

Submission of abstracts:

300 words abstracts should be sent, with a one-page CV, to Guadalupe Calleja Cantú, at the following email address:

Deadline for submission is 15 October 2016.

Announcements will be made on 1 November 2016.

Languages accepted are Spanish, Portuguese and English

Selection criteria:

Relevance of the topic submitted

Quality of the abstract


Registrations should be made to The cost for participating at the conference is US$50 (US$25 to students).


Accepted presentations will be published in the proceedings of the conference. The 10 best presentations will be considered for publication at Quaerentibus. Teología y Ciencias.

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