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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, University College London, Presiding Saturday - 9:00 AM-11:30 AM.  Hyatt Regency-Centennial G (Third Level) The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) has been given fresh energy by the discovery of extra-solar planets and will receive fresh data due to the launch in 2021 of the James Webb Telescope. This session looks at the latest in the search for intelligent beyond our solar system, looking especially at the theological implications and theological motives of the quest for discovery. What does the search (and possible discoveries) suggest for Christian theological ideas of creation, the image of God, redemption, and eschatology? Is the image of God unique to planet earth? Do

By | 2018-10-11T14:23:43+00:00 October 11th, 2018|Categories: News|

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 see https://parliamentofreligions.org/parliament/2018-toronto/2018-powr     There will be a number of presentations on science and religion at the Parliament. One that ISSR is sponsoring is by Mozed Masoud on Science, Religion and Global Justice. On Moez, see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moez_Masoud   ISSR also collaborated with IRAS in proposing the following presentations on science and religion, which will be include in the programme:   Nancy Ellen Abrams The Unifying Potential of a Real God in the Scientific Universe   Grace Wolf-Chase Understanding Scientific Discovery through Participation   Paul Carr/Emily Austin Climate, Carbon, and “Ground of All Being”   Sol Katz Food scarcity, safety, imbalance and population   Briana Pobiner Global Community

By | 2018-10-10T14:26:40+00:00 October 10th, 2018|Categories: News|

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 a time when the Bible was discreetly kept at home, protected from the eyes of an uninvited guest, and when school education was atheistic-scientific (note the order of the words here!). It is hard to imagine the void not only in our souls, but also in the Romanian culture, that still preserved its faith as it was centuries ago, only in the monasteries – the ones that remained anyway. Who could answer my questions standing alone in the wide-open astronomical dome facing the stars?   The fall of Communism in Romania in December 1989 certainly led to the freedom of faith, among other things. In my country,

By | 2018-10-02T17:22:42+00:00 October 1st, 2018|Categories: Blog, News|

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 Philosophy. Enjoy.   https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/creationism/   Professor Michael Ruse is Lucyle T. Werkmeister Professor and Director of HPS (History and Philosophy of Science) Program, Florida State University   His publications include:   The Problem of War: Darwinism, Christianity, and their Battle to Understand Human Conflict https://www.amazon.com/Problem-War-Darwinism-Christianity-Understand/dp/0190867574/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1530223672&sr=1-2&keywords=michael+ruse+war   Science, faith and the evidence for God https://www.thebigconversation.show/john-lennox-and-michael-ruse   A Meaning to Life (Philosophy in Action) https://www.amazon.com/Meaning-Life-Philosophy-Action/dp/0190933224/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1537036310&sr=1-1&keywords=a+meaning+to+life+ruse   On Purpose https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0691172463/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i1   The Cambridge Handbook of Evolutionary Ethics (Cambridge Handbooks in Philosophy) https://www.amazon.com/Cambridge-Handbook-Evolutionary-Ethics/dp/1107589606/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1495575495&sr=1-1&keywords=ruse+richards+ethics    

By | 2018-09-25T15:28:10+00:00 September 24th, 2018|Categories: News, Science & Religion News|

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 by myself, with a grant of £759,320 from the Templeton Religion Trust. The ‘social brain’ theory of human evolution has been developed by Robin Dunbar, a Fellow of ISSR, who is one of the key researchers on the project. Other ISSR Fellows working on it are Léon Turner and Miguel Farias. There are subgrants to the University of Oxford and to Coventry University. ‘Social Brain’ is a broad approach to human evolution, unlike the Cognitive Science of Religion which focuses specifically on religion. There is an outline of the Social Brain theory in Dunbar’s Pelican Introduction to Human Evolution. Though he takes a view of how and

By | 2018-09-07T12:16:44+00:00 September 7th, 2018|Categories: Blog|

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, Dr Harris Wiseman and myself, Professor Shiva Khalili. The book is made up of 12 chapters, written by selected speakers from the Vienna Congress ‘Science and/or Religion: a 21st Century Debate’. The congress was held as a joint project between the 27-29th August 2015, at the Sigmund Freud University in Vienna, Austria.   For me the book also marks a milestone within a personal journey, my own inner dialogue and debate regarding the question of ‘science and/or religion?’ This question is part of my reflections on my own meaning-giving beliefs and narratives; and furthermore, reflects challenges within my religious, national and gender identities. As a Muslim Iranian,

By | 2018-07-30T17:17:08+00:00 July 30th, 2018|Categories: Blog, News|

REGISTRATION OPEN: Being Human in a Technological Age – SASRF/ISSR Conference Sept. 2018

University of South Africa, Pretoria   Dear all, ISSR is delighted to announce that registration for the SASRF/ISSR Conference in Pretoria, South Africa, September 6-7 2018 is now open. The registration form and preliminary programme can be found by clicking on the following link: SASRF-ISSR Programme Sept 2018 For attendees coming from abroad, the registration fee can be paid by credit card during registration on the first day of the event. Please return all signed registration forms directly to Professor Wessel Bentley at bentlw1@unisa.ac.za or, to myself at admin@issr.org.uk More details about this event can be found on the following ISSR webpage: https://www.issr.org.uk/events/being-human-in-a-technological-age-sasrf-issr-conference-september-2018/            

By | 2018-07-11T13:48:16+00:00 July 10th, 2018|Categories: News, Science & Religion News|

Laudato Si’ Institute – Major new research institute at Campion Hall, Oxford

Dear ISSR Member, We are pleased to circulate the following message: Major new research institute at Campion Hall The Jesuits in Britain are pleased to announce that a new research institute called the Laudato Si’ Institute (LSI) is being established at Campion Hall, the Jesuit permanent private hall of the University of Oxford. The LSI will be established during the academic year 2018-2019 and will formally open in September 2019. The aim of the Laudato Si’ Institute is to foster interdisciplinary research arising out of the intellectual challenges presented most vividly in Pope Francis’ encyclical letter Laudato Si’, while being faithful to Ignatian traditions and reflective practice. The premise of Laudato Si’ is that the crumbling of the earth’s fabric, largely through human activity, is ultimately devastating for humanity

By | 2018-07-04T15:21:10+00:00 July 4th, 2018|Categories: News|

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|
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