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 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 http://congress-2015.sfu.ac.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.
ISSR North American Regional Conference 2015
Once again, ISSR is planning a 24-hour mini-conference to take place on the eve of the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion.
AAR will meet in Atlanta, Georgia, from 21-24 November 2015. The ISSR events will begin on Friday morning, 20 November, starting at 9:00 am. (Please note that this is an earlier start than in 2013 or 2014.)
For preliminary details on all events, please visit www.issr.yolasite.com. Note that this site will be updated frequently through the summer and fall, as more details become available. There is no cost and no registration to complete, and non-members may attend. While ISSR members are encouraged to attend AAR, especially sessions on science and religion, there is no obligation to register for AAR if one wishes only to attend the ISSR session.