ISSR 2019 Summer Conference Website and Call for Papers Now Live

Dear all, As the summer approaches, we are preparing for our 2019 summer conference which will be held from 21-24 July at the Eynsham Hall Hotel just outside of Oxford. This conference, which will be formed in part by the ISSR's Religion and the Social Brain research project, promises to be an engaging event both intellectually and socially. In preparation for the conference, we have launched a new website dedicated to ISSR conferences. On this website you will be able to read about the conference, location, as well as register, submit an abstract, and pay registration fees. We will be emailing out a formal Call for Papers in the coming days, but we wanted to ensure that you had an opportunity to visit the website and begin thinking

By |2019-04-25T17:41:29+01:00April 25th, 2019|Categories: ISSR Statements, News, Science & Religion News|Tags: , , , , , |

Religion and Human Enhancement; blog post by Calvin Mercer

On a Himalaya trek around the Kashmir Valley, I surveyed a frontier that was expansive, wild, unpredictable, and potentially both dangerous and beneficially satisfying for my fellow travelers and myself. Members of the International Society for Science and Religion, whether they’ve trekked the Himalayas or not, well understand that radical human enhancement technology is all that, and especially unpredictable in its many possible outcomes. “CRISPR babies,” recently making headlines, is just one example of the wild and unpredictable nature of this human enhancement. Helping us journey farther into this frontier is the newest book in the “Palgrave Studies in the Future of Humanity and Its Successors” series. Titled Religion and Human Enhancement: Death, Values, and Morality, the collection is co-edited by Tracy Trothen and myself, Calvin Mercer. Major

By |2019-01-29T17:04:04+01:00January 29th, 2019|Categories: Blog, News|

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   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

By |2019-05-04T04:08:04+01:00December 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+01:00December 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+01:00November 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+01:00November 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+01:00October 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+01:00October 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+01:00October 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+01:00October 1st, 2018|Categories: Blog, News|
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