ISSR Conference: Religion, Evolution and Social Bonding – 21st-24th July 2019

The International Society for Science and Religion (ISSR) There will be an open conference of the ISSR on Religion, Evolution and Social Bonding 21st – 24th July 2019 Eynsham Hall, nr. Oxford, UK https://www.eynshamhall.com Plenary speakers will include Robin Dunbar, Celia Deane-Drummond, Emmanuelle Honoré, James W Jones, Richard Sosis The conference is linked to a major ISSR research project on Religion and the Social Brain, funded by the Templeton Religion Trust and will include presentations by the project team including Miguel Farias, Léon Turner, Joseph Watts, Fraser Watts The conference is open to all evolutionary approaches to religion but we will focus particularly on How religion gradually evolves and when it really becomes ‘religion’ The role of religion in human evolution more generally The particular contribution of religion

By | 2018-12-04T13:50:01+00:00 December 4th, 2018|Categories: News, Science & Religion News|

It Keeps Me Seeking: The Invitation from Science, Philosophy and Religion; blog piece by Andrew Steane, book co-authored with Andrew Briggs and Hans Halvorson

Sometimes spouses will look back on the time of their getting to know one another and say, half-jokingly, that on a given occasion one was putting the other to the test. A person keen on hill-walking might invite their loved-one on an expedition in the Lake District; they want to know if their friend will enjoy it and thus “pass”. One keen on theatre might invite a loved-one to a play; they want to know if their friend will appreciate it and thus “pass”. Such “tests” are, up to a point, a natural part of any developing friendship, but you can’t spend your whole life that way. If it is just test after test then the friendship is not developing, and indeed is liable to drain away. Eventually

By | 2018-12-04T15:20:01+00:00 December 3rd, 2018|Categories: Blog, News|

Religion Hurts, a Q&A with John Bowker

John Bowker's new book Religion Hurts draws together sciences and religions to show how they can create a new and different understanding of human nature. This latest book applies this understanding to the world of conflict and violence in which religions seem often to be involved. It shows how sciences and religions illuminate each other.   John Bowker spoke with Norah Myers of SPCK Publishing about his new book Religion Hurts. He considers the intersection of science and religion, and challenges assumptions about how they work together. John Bowker’s book is available here.   1. Why was it important to write Religion Hurts? We live today in a world in which there seems to be as much conflict, war and violence as there ever was in the past.

By | 2018-12-03T16:55:12+00:00 November 20th, 2018|Categories: Blog, News|

Temples of Modernity: Nationalism, Hinduism, and Transhumanism in South Indian Science, by Robert M Geraci

“Religion and science in India are not like in your country. I don’t think religion and science have anything to do with each other here, but if you really want to talk that would be fine.”   That’s an amalgamation of what dozens of Indian scientists and engineers said to me (an American) when I invited them to interviews about the relationship between religion and science in contemporary India. Of course, that was before Prime Minister Modi publicly promoted the belief that ancient Indians possessed modern technology, a belief that I came across in my fieldwork and was thus unsurprised to see become politically relevant in 2014.   My new book, Temples of Modernity: Nationalism, Hinduism, and Transhumanism in South Indian Science (Lexington 2018) was born out of

By | 2018-11-04T12:18:12+00:00 November 3rd, 2018|Categories: Blog, News|

Colloque “Théologie Orthodoxe et Science” Full Video

Dear ISSR Member,   Please follow this YouTube link to watch the full Colloque, held in Paris, October 6th, 2018.   Please click here for the PROGRAMME, the OUTLINE, and the full FLYER can be downloaded by clicking on the following links: Programme colloque SR, 8o Argumentaire colloque SR   Warmest regards,   Harris Wiseman ISSR    

By | 2018-10-31T11:04:01+00:00 October 31st, 2018|Categories: News|

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   The Science & Religion track has been created jointly by the Institute on Religion in an Age of Science (IRAS) and the International Society on Science and Religion (ISSR), specifically addressing the major themes of the 2019 Parliament. The presenters include some experienced academics (including one Nobel Laureate) and representatives of several major religions in the world, all of whom take seriously the latest knowledge developed by sound science. Issues addressed include human origins, cosmology, the nature of evil, genetic manipulation, climate change, food distribution, the brain and human emotion, the search for life in the galaxy, human health and well being. Each session will present latest research with slide

By | 2018-10-25T17:33:36+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|

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|
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