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Earth Stewardship and Laudato Si’: Care for Our Common Home Compels Undividedness of Science and Religion, by Calvin B. DeWitt

Earth Stewardship and Laudato Si’: Care for Our Common Home Compels Undividedness of Science and Religion, by Calvin B. DeWitt   As I was finishing my paper, Earth Stewardship and Laudato Si’—for The Quarterly Review of Biology at the invitation of its editor-in-chief, Daniel Dykhuisen—I found myself being drawn to a compelling conclusion: Laudato Si’ is so integrative of science and religion, so integrative of human and natural ecology, and so vital towards caring for Earth as Our Common Home, that it clearly earns the status of required reading for all. Indeed, in its 246 numbered sections, its call for an ‘integral ecology’ warrants attention by absolutely everyone—even as it embraces everyone and everything.   For Science and Religion, it is particularly significant, as it compels undivided perseverance

By | 2018-02-05T14:04:03+00:00 February 5th, 2018|Categories: Blog, News|

WEBCAST: ISSR CRISPR-Cas9 Session at AAR Boston 2017

The ISSR CRISPR-Cas9 session held at the AAR Boston event November 2017, organised by ISSR Vice President Ron Cole-Turner, was filmed by the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Medicine. The video of the event can be viewed on the following page: http://www.nationalacademies.org/gene-editing/index.htm   Human Genome Editing: Science, Ethics, and Governance calls for inclusive public discussion and debate about the potential uses of technologies such as CRISPR/Cas9 to make changes to human DNA. Engaging diverse viewpoints will be particularly critical to debates about uses that would raise complex societal and ethical issues, such as the creation of heritable genetic changes (also referred to as germline genome editing). With support from NAM's Kellogg Health of the Public Fund, the National Academies were pleased to support a webcast of

By | 2018-01-19T13:08:32+00:00 January 19th, 2018|Categories: News|

Upcoming Science and Religion Conferences

Dear Colleagues,   ISSR would like to bring the following two Science and Religion conferences to your attention: 1. Orthodox Christianity and the Reassessment of Scientific Knowledge @ Science and Orthodoxy Around the World Athens, 9-10 February 2018 http://project-sow.org/conf2 2. Being religious, being scientific: the dynamics of science and religion in the laboratory” (Panel #30), @ The Annual Meeting from the Society for Social Studies of Science(4S) Sydney, 29 August – 1 September 2018. Papers are now being accepted for the event in Sydney. Details are as follows: Panel abstract: While popular imagination of the relation between science and religion continues to be dominated by either “conflict thesis” or “complementarity thesis”, emerging scholarship in the social studies of science has brought to light the many ways in which science

By | 2018-01-17T13:31:39+00:00 January 17th, 2018|Categories: News, Science & Religion News|

The Image of God, Personhood and the Embryo, by Calum MacKellar

  Dr. Calum MacKellar, is a Visiting Lecturer in Bioethics at St Mary’s University in London, UK, and a Fellow with the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity at Trinity International University in Chicago, USA.    Discussions concerning biomedical developments relating to the human embryo never really leave headline news. Even very recently, new debates have arisen concerning the possibility of lifting the 14 day limit during which it is possible to undertaken destructive embryonic research in the UK. This is because scientists are now able to grow embryos beyond such a limit and some believe that doing so may be in the interest of biomedical research. But this would mean reevaluating, yet again, the moral status of early human embryos as if it was something that changed

By | 2018-01-15T14:36:01+00:00 January 15th, 2018|Categories: Blog|

Oxford Job Vacancy: Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Natural Theology

https://www.theology.ox.ac.uk/article/vacancy-post-doctoral-research-fellow-in-natural-theology-ian-ramsey-centre-for-science-and Grade 7: £31,604 - £38,833 with a discretionary range to £42,418 p.a. The University proposes to appoint a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Natural Theology to be based at the Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion in the Faculty of Theology and Religion. This is a fixed-term post available for two years from 1 September 2018. This appointment is a key component of a two year research project, directed by Professor Alister McGrath, entitled “Renewal of Natural Theology: Academic Engagement and Church Outreach”. The Fellow will be required to develop research in the field of natural theology, with a particular focus on assessing its importance academically (as an intellectual interface between science and faith), apologetically (as a means of helping the churches engage with a scientific culture

By | 2017-12-28T15:43:46+00:00 December 28th, 2017|Categories: News, Science & Religion News|

The New Cosmic Story: Inside Our Awakening Universe, by John Haught

Scientists now know that the universe is a story still unfolding. Fairly recently, as the story goes, on planet Earth in the Milky Way galaxy a new species of organisms, one endowed with conscious self-awareness, ethical aspiration, and an insatiable restlessness for more being, has entered into the narrative. New scientific awareness of the long cosmic preamble to this arrival has inspired attempts recently to connect the relatively short span of our own existence to the longer epic of the universe. These efforts, known as Big History, try to tell the story of everything that has taken place in the past, including what was going on in the universe long before Homo sapiens arrived. The emergence of Big History, I propose, offers us a new way of understanding

By | 2017-12-15T17:41:16+00:00 December 15th, 2017|Categories: Blog|

Diverse Intelligences: Templeton World Charity Foundation Grant

ISSR would like to draw its members' attention to the following videos relating to the upcoming Diverse Intelligences project funded by the Templeton World Charity Foundation. ISSR is pleased to have applied for a significant portion of funding under the "Morality in the Machine Age" branch of the grant. If successful, Harris Wiseman (with ISSR President Michael J. Reiss as PI), will explore the possibilities of Artificial Intelligence in assisting various facets of moral living at the individual and social levels. Please see the links below for more details on the Diverse Intelligences project. https://futurism.com/videos/sponsored-morality-machine-age/ https://futurism.com/videos/sponsored-artificial-intelligence-beyond-turing-test/ https://futurism.com/videos/sponsored-brilliance-living-world-intelligence/

By | 2017-12-06T15:51:30+00:00 December 6th, 2017|Categories: News|

The Intelligent Design Debate and the Temptation of Scientism, by Rope Kojonen

Debate over the controversial Intelligent Design movement has continued for over two decades. Though Intelligent Design has not made much progress in convincing the broader scientific community of the rightness of its cause, supporters of the movement’s ideas are not giving up. For its defenders, ID is revolutionary new science, and its opposition is merely ideological. The conclusion that nature is designed is argued to be the clear result of the cumulative efforts of the various natural sciences, and proponents of ID believe this conclusion to be ‘so unambiguous and so significant that it must be ranked as one of the greatest achievements in the history of science’. However, for its varied critics, ID is “neither sound science nor good theology”, as the ISSR statement on Intelligent Design

By | 2017-11-30T16:59:42+00:00 November 30th, 2017|Categories: Blog|

Psychology, Religion, and Spirituality, by Fraser Watts

Psychology, Religion, and Spirituality provides readers with a critical overview of what psychology tells us about religion and spirituality. It is concise without being simplistic, and the first such broad overview to be published for some years. Fraser Watts recognizes that 'religion' is complex and multi-faceted, taking different forms in different people and contexts. The book presents a broad view of psychology; whatever kind of psychology you are interested in, you will find it covered here, from biological to social, and from experimental to psychoanalytic. It focuses particularly on the varied concepts that psychologists have employed to make sense of religion and subjects them to critical examination. The book is also concerned with practical applications, helping those engaged in religious ministry. It will be of interest to undergraduates

By | 2017-11-23T15:16:15+00:00 November 23rd, 2017|Categories: News|

Theological Neuroethics: Christian Ethics Meets the Science of the Human Brain, by Neil Messer

While I was writing my new book Theological Neuroethics (Messer 2017), I had many conversations with colleagues, students and friends about my current research. Quite often, when I said I was working on neuroethics, they began to look puzzled. Sometimes, people thought I’d said “Euroethics.” Since most of the book was written in the year of the UK’s Brexit referendum, this had the potential to cause all kinds of misunderstanding. But even if they heard the word correctly, some were still puzzled: they had never heard that there was such a thing as “neuroethics,” and it took a little more conversation to explain what it might be. To be fair to my puzzled friends, nobody at all had heard of neuroethics before about 2002. It was around then

By | 2017-11-06T11:53:27+00:00 November 6th, 2017|Categories: Blog|
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