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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|

The New Biology: Implications for Philosophy, Theology and Education by Fraser Watts

  The joint conference of the Ian Ramsey Centre and ISSR in the summer this year (2017) provided a great opportunity to draw together some of the threads of the project on “The New Biology: Implications for Philosophy, Theology and Education” that ISSR has been running since May 2015. The project has two main strands, one on philosophy and theology, the other on implications for education.   There was a plenary symposium at the conference on the broader implications, with three keynote speakers. Dame Ottoline Leyser went first. She is a distinguished plant biologist who directs the Sainsbury Laboratory in Cambridge, and she explained with beautiful clarity how what is happening to the plant as a whole helps to determine what happens at any particular point. The idea

By | 2017-10-18T17:35:05+00:00 October 18th, 2017|Categories: Blog|

On Faith and Science: Welcome to Our Dialogue by Ed Larson and Michael Ruse

Harris Wiseman of ISSR was kind enough to ask us to write a few words about our new book, On Faith and Science, published last month by Yale University Press. Both of us, Michael Ruse and Ed Larson, were founding members or fellows of ISSR and have greatly enjoyed our relationship with the organization over the years. We are honored by your consideration of our latest joint effort. Rather than describe the book ourselves, though, I wanted to share with you one review of it that was contributed by a reader to the website of Amazon.com. We think the reader got it about right, and will defer to him. Neither of us know the reviewer, whose identifies himself as Perry Marshall. “It was refreshing to read a book

By | 2017-09-30T16:20:36+00:00 September 30th, 2017|Categories: Blog|

Bridging the Two Cultures of Science and the Humanities. Application deadline extended to 10th October 2017

Recognizing that the start of the academic year can be a challenging time to martial major grant applications, the CCCU subsidiary in Oxford, SCIO, has extended the deadline for its funded project, Bridging the Two Cultures of Science and the Humanities.  Deadline extended to 10 October, 2017. This project, taking place over the next two years may benefit you, your faculty and students, and your broader campus!  SCIO has received two grants from Templeton Religion Trust and the Blankemeyer Foundation totalling ca. $2 million to enable a second round of our Bridging the Two Cultures of Science and the Humanities programme.  This programme combines opportunities for faculty, students, campus executives, and the broader campus community: Participating faculty spend two summer months in Oxford (July 2018 and 2019) working on science

By | 2017-09-27T17:48:31+00:00 September 27th, 2017|Categories: News|

2018 ESSSAT/ISSR Conference

The 2018 Conference of ESSSAT (the European Society for the Study of Science and Theology) is being organised in partnership with ISSR. http://www.esssat.eu/2018-conference/  The theme is Nature and Beyond: Transcendence and Immanence in Science and Religion, and it will be held in Lyon, France – April 17th – 22nd, 2018. ISSR members will be able to register at the same reduced rate as ESSSAT members  We hope to see a good number of ISSR members at the conference, and we strongly encourage submissions of papers, which are due by 31st October. http://www.esssat.eu/call-for-papers-2018-conference-nature-and-beyond/  Fraser Watts Exec Sec, ISSR  

By | 2017-09-18T16:39:09+00:00 September 18th, 2017|Categories: News|

Genes, Determinism and God, by Denis Alexander

“For good nurture and education implant good constitutions, and these good constitutions taking root in a good education improve more and more, and this improvement affects the breed in man as in other animals” wrote Plato in his Dialogues. And, ever since, the discussion as to what may be learnt and what may be innate has meandered on, often becoming embroiled in passionate debates laced with opposing ideological positions.   In the 19th century the discussion began to be more informed by new scientific findings, but far from resolving the question, positions if anything became more polarized. “Of all the vulgar modes of escaping from the consideration of the social and moral influences on the human mind”, wrote John Stuart Mill in 1848, “the most vulgar is that

By | 2017-07-27T15:04:50+00:00 July 27th, 2017|Categories: Blog|

Book Launch Party July 13th – Genes, Determinism and God, by Denis Alexander

Denis Alexander, Emeritus Director of The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, invites you to a party organised by Cambridge University Press to launch his new book ‘Genes, Determinism and God’. Date: Thursday 13th July, 6.00 p.m. Place: CUP Bookshop, 1-2 Trinity Street, Cambridge Cambridge University Press would be really grateful if you could e-mail ehunter@cambridge.org if you are able to come. To make it really easy, here is a sentence you can just copy and paste to ehunter@cambridge.org: “Thank you for your invitation to the launch party of ‘Genes, Determinism and God’ on July 13th. I am pleased to accept”. The book developed out of the Gifford Lectures which Professor Alexander gave at St. Andrews University a few years ago. A 20% discount on this title can be obtained by following this link: www.cambridge.org/ALEXANDER17

By | 2017-06-23T16:55:48+00:00 June 23rd, 2017|Categories: News|

What is Wisdom? Voices from Psychology and Christian Faith

Throughout history, one tends to find at least two categorically different ways in which wisdom is understood. These might be described as a wisdom of knowing, and a wisdom of unknowing.   In Christian terms, we might call these a cataphatic wisdom, and an apophatic wisdom. A cataphatic wisdom relies on knowledge, texts, and accumulated wisdom – what is known and declared to be known. An apophatic wisdom, which recognises what one cannot know, relies on a direct and open kind of awareness. This is what John of the Cross called “the dark night of the soul”, where one leaves one’s knowing behind and plunges into the darkness of the ineffable. The former wisdom relies on longstanding traditions of meaning and knowledge – it represents a tried and

By | 2017-06-12T14:19:05+00:00 June 12th, 2017|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |

Bridging the Two Cultures of Science and the Humanities II, 2017–19

Dear Colleagues, Bridging the Two Cultures of Science and the Humanities II, 2017–19, is a significant opportunity for up to 25 early- to mid-level career faculty members from the CCCU and others from across the globe to experience an enhanced summer programme aimed at developing interdisciplinary skills in Science and Religion. Following on the success of the first Bridging the Two Cultures of Science and the Humanities programme, 2014-2016, the Templeton Religion Trust and The Blankemeyer Foundation have awarded SCIO, the UK Centre of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU), a grant of ca. $2 million to create a summer seminars in science and religion in Oxford and enhance activities on CCCU-related campuses. Science and religion are often presupposed to be antagonists, and debates in the

By | 2017-05-03T17:13:33+00:00 April 26th, 2017|Categories: News|

Conference Bursary Notice – Religion and the Science of Life, St Anne’s College Oxford, from 19-22 July 2017

Applications are invited for bursaries to broaden participation at the joint IRC-ISSR conference on Religion and the Science of Life to be held at St Anne’s College Oxford, from 19-22 July 2017   http://www.ianramseycentre.info/conferences/2017-religion-society-science-life.html   The bursaries are intended for people in early career, from developing countries or in financial hardship. The maximum bursary will be £300 for people in the UK, and £700 for people from elsewhere.   Fellows of ISSR are encouraged to draw this to the attention of anyone to whom it might be relevant.   Applications should be made to ISSR at admin@issr.org.uk, stating (i) your name, address and institution, (ii) why you wish to attend the conference and (ii) the nature of your financial hardship. Applications should be made as soon as possible,

By | 2017-04-25T18:17:49+00:00 April 25th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorised|
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