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A Teacher’s Guide to Science and Religion in the Classroom, by Berry Billingsley

‘We don’t ask those questions anymore!’ – a new Routledge teachers’ guide to help students ask questions about science and religion “There’s the science part of me that says ‘no it’s the big bang’, and then there’s the religious part of me that said ‘it was God’ so it was quite confusing,” said a student giving her perspective on whether science and religion fit together. According to the LASAR (Learning about Science and Religion) research hub at Canterbury Christ Church University, expressions of confusion or conflict in the minds of students are not unusual. With parents and teachers often struggling to know what to say to their children about how science and religion relate – the experience for primary and secondary students is typically that there doesn’t seem to

By | 2018-06-18T17:50:30+00:00 June 18th, 2018|Categories: Blog|

ISSR Data Protection Policy

  Dear ISSR Member,   As you may know, the new data protection regulation, GDPR, is coming into force on May 25th 2018. It applies to organisations, such as ISSR, that are based in the EU.   To comply with the new regulations, ISSR has sent out an e-mail to its membership in order to obtain consent for continued contact.   As part of these regulations, ISSR also wants to make clear to all Fellows and Associates what their data rights are with respect to knowing:   a) what data ISSR collects on its membership; b) what ISSR does with those data; and c) how to obtain a census of what data ISSR holds on you as a member.   Fortunately, these are straightforward to answer.   a) ISSR holds

By | 2018-05-11T17:44:11+00:00 May 11th, 2018|Categories: News|

“If Neurotheology is the Answer, What is the Question?”, by Andrew Newberg

I would like to thank ISSR for inviting me to write a little about my latest book titled: Neurotheology: How Science Can Enlighten Us About Spirituality. I am very excited about this book from Columbia Press as it helps to circumscribe the current state of the field of neurotheology. Of course, part of the hope of this book is to help establish neurotheology as a field by reviewing the current scholarship, both scientific and spiritual, and help demonstrate how an interdisciplinary approach might help us address some of the great questions that have challenged humanity since our origins. First, I think mapping some of the territory is an important thing to do here. This is a blog piece after all, an invitation to look further and deeper. To

By | 2018-04-10T15:08:51+00:00 April 10th, 2018|Categories: Blog, News|

The Boyle Lectures – ISSR’s New Partnership with St. Mary-le-Bow, London

ISSR is pleased to announce its new partnership with St Mary-le-Bow church in organising and hosting the prestigious Boyle Lectures for Science and Religion. The first lecture to be held as part of this partnership will be delivered Monday 18th February 2019. This lecture will be delivered by ISSR's President, Professor Michael J. Reiss, and we are delighted to have Professor Janet Soskice as the respondent. ISSR is also pleased to present the transcript for the 2018 Boyle Lecture, which was delivered by ISSR Fellow Dr Mark Harris (University of Edinburgh), with his kind permission, as part of our ISSR blog series. The title of the lecture is: 'Apocalypses Now: Modern Science and Biblical Miracles' The lecture was videoed, and has been posted on YouTube, and on St. Mary-le-Bow's website,

By | 2018-03-22T14:01:50+00:00 March 22nd, 2018|Categories: News|

Apocalypses Now: Modern Science and Biblical Miracles, by Mark Harris

 (Boyle Lecture, St Mary-le-Bow Church, London, 7 February 2018)   Before I begin, I’d like to thank all of those responsible for placing me in this pulpit: in the science-and-theology world there’s no greater honour than being invited to give the Boyle lecture, and I’d like to say a heartfelt thanks to the organising committee for granting me this enormous privilege. In the matter of organisation, I also want to say a special word of thanks to Michael Byrne for all of his help in organising the lecture, and also to the Rector, George Bush, and to Matthew Power here in St Mary-le-bow. Finally, I was delighted when John Hedley Brooke agreed to respond to my lecture. I’ve known John since I was a student at Oxford, and

By | 2018-03-22T13:45:56+00:00 March 22nd, 2018|Categories: Blog|

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|
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