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|

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|

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|

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|

Diverse Intelligences: Templeton World Charity Foundation Grant

ISSR would like to draw its members' attention to the following videos relating to the upcoming Diverse Intelligences project funded by the Templeton World Charity Foundation. ISSR is pleased to have applied for a significant portion of funding under the "Morality in the Machine Age" branch of the grant. If successful, Harris Wiseman (with ISSR President Michael J. Reiss as PI), will explore the possibilities of Artificial Intelligence in assisting various facets of moral living at the individual and social levels. Please see the links below for more details on the Diverse Intelligences project. https://futurism.com/videos/sponsored-morality-machine-age/ https://futurism.com/videos/sponsored-artificial-intelligence-beyond-turing-test/ https://futurism.com/videos/sponsored-brilliance-living-world-intelligence/

By | 2017-12-06T15:51:30+00:00 December 6th, 2017|Categories: News|
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