Fellowship of the Society has now grown to over 330 members, with the total Membership including Associates approaching 400. ISSR Fellows include many of the most prominent, leading scholars in the science and religion field. Indeed the first two presidents, George Ellis, a theoretical cosmologist and Professor of Applied Mathematics at the University of Cape Town, and the late John Polkinghorne, former Professor of mathematical physics and President of Queen’s College, Cambridge, are both recipients of the Templeton Prize for Progress Toward Research or Discoveries about Spiritual Realities – the world’s best-known religion prize, awarded each year to a living person to encourage and honour those who advance spiritual matters.
Membership of the society, be that of Fellows or Associate Members, is truly universal: the society incorporates, and counts among its members’ atheists as well as representatives from a variety of faith traditions including Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, and Islam in addition to Christianity. Membership is also widely distributed geographically, with representatives from countries as diverse as South Korea, India, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, as well as from Europe and America.
ISSR welcomes applications from scholars and interested members of the public to join as Associate Members. Associates get access to ISSR newsletters and blogs, and can apply for reduced subscription rates to various science and religion journals. Information about ISSR Associates and those wanting to apply to join the ISSR as associates can be found on the “Join ISSR” page.
Nominations for Fellowship of ISSR may only be made by an existing Fellow and are made on the basis of four categories of achievement. These categories are as follows:
- Major contribution (e.g. books) to the field of science/religion; or
- Excellent standing in one of the relevant areas (science, religion, philosophy) together with sustained interest in or support of the science/religion debate; or
- Demonstration of significant organizational and entrepreneurial skills within the science/religion field, especially in geographical regions or religious traditions in which science-religion studies are not yet well-developed.
- Early career scholars whose publications in the science-religion field indicate outstanding promise.