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Michael J. Reiss

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, President

Projects

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

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

“ISSR has sponsored some of the most interesting conferences I have attended since its inception.”

“The ISSR aims at bringing out the best aspects from both Science and Religion: rigor, humility, awe, progress, and more. I am pleased to be part of this very worthy endeavour.”

The latest science & religion news

A service to the community engaged in the dialogue between science and religion provided by the International Society for Science and Religion. ISSR welcomes new information to be put on this site, but reserves the right to use its discretion about what is included and to edit details sent. Please contact us to send new items.

Announcing a Special Session at the 2018 American Academy of Religion in Denver, organized by the International Society for Science and Religion for Saturday morning, November 17

Theme: Exoplanets, Aliens, and Multiple Incarnations? Christian Theology and the Search for Extraterrestrial Life (SETI) Michael Reiss, President of the ISSR,

2018 Parliament of the World’s Religions

Pursuing Global Understanding, Reconciliation and Change The Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto November 2nd - 6th 2018   For further details

The Dialogue Between Science and Religion in an Orthodox Country, by Magda Stavinschi

I am an astronomer and a Christian Orthodox. During the Communist era, I kept my faith in the family. This was

Creationism – Michael Ruse’s New Entry in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

We are pleased to present the following link to ISSR Fellow Professor Michael Ruse's new entry in the Stanford Encyclopedia of

ISSR Project: Religion and the Social Brain, by Fraser Watts

ISSR is currently running a major research project on Religion and the Social Brain, directed by Michael J. Reiss and co-ordinated

A 21st Century Debate on Science and Religion, by Shiva Khalili

  A 21st Century Debate on Science and Religion (2017), published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing was edited by Professor Fraser Watts,

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Upcoming ISSR Conferences

ISSR Session at 2018 American Academy of Religions

17th November, Theme: Exoplanets, Aliens, and Multiple Incarnations? Christian Theology and the Search for Extraterrestrial Life (SETI)

2018 Parliament of the World’s Religions

2-6 November, ISSR is sponsoring Mozed Masoud on Science, Religion and Global Justice.

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