The American Association for the Advancement of Science seeks a Senior Program Associate to work within the AAAS Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion Program on the project entitled "Engaging Scientists in the Science and Religion Dialogue." The position involves leading this major initiative to support scientists interested in engagement with religious and public audiences. Designed to provide vital engagement tools and professionally facilitated workshops for scientists, this project will build upon AAAS' successful efforts in public engagement to increase opportunities for scientists and members of the public to participate in constructive dialogue about science. For information, see the AAAS website.
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) seeks an intern to assist the Program of Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion (DoSER)'s Science and Theological Education project. DoSER is part of the AAAS Science & Policy Programs directorate. DoSER was established to facilitate communication between scientific and religious communities; the science and theological education project involves a partnership with select seminaries throughout the US to integrate science into their core curricula, with a goal of promoting a positive understanding of science among religious leaders and eventually the communities they serve. The Dialogue builds on AAAS's long-standing commitment to relate scientific knowledge and technological development to the purposes and concerns of society at large. For information, see the job listing.
Twelve $10,000 two-year TWP Science & Religion Fellowships to develop a publishable true story or series of stories. Open to novice and experienced writers, anyone who has a compelling true story or true stories illustrating or exploring harmonies between science and religion is encouraged to apply. Over a two-year period, Fellows will develop, write, and market their creative nonfiction stories. They will be mentored throughout the project by experienced writers, editors and teachers. They and their stories will be featured in a series of regional and national events. The program is based at Arizona State University. Non-residential narrative writing Fellowships. Fellows will receive travel to 3 all-expense-paid writing workshops around the nation, dedicated mentors and editorial support, exposure of their work at 5 events at science museums in
James W. Jones. 2016. Can Sciences Explain Religion? Oxford University Press. James Jones, Distinguished Professor of Religion, Rutgers University, and ISSR member, challenges the view that the cognitive science of religion shrinks religion into insignificance if not eliminating it all together. He notes that cognitive science research is religiously neutral; it can be deployed in many different ways in relation to the actual belief in and practice of religion: to undermine it, to simply study it, and to support it. These differences are differences in interpretation of the data and, Jones suggests, a reflection of the background assumptions and viewpoints brought to the data. See the publisher's website for information.
Anne DeWitt. 2016. Moral Authority, Men of Science, and the Victorian Novel Cambridge University Press. Anne DeWitt, lecturer in the Princeton Writing Program, Princeton University, examines how nineteenth-century novelists responded to the alignment of scientific practice with moral excellence as part of an endeavour to secure cultural authority for scientific disciplines. Draws on works of natural theology, popular lectures, and periodicals to delineate changes in the status of science. See the publisher's website for information.
A special issue of Open Theology vol. 1 iss. 1 (Nov 2015) edited by Fraser Watts and Shiva Khalili has been published on the theme of 'Science and/or Religion', it includes papers arising from the International Society for Science and Religion conference with the Sigmund Freud University on the same theme, held in Vienna in August 2015. The opening editorial article is available here, it is followed by the other themed articles in the issue.
Snezana Lawrence and Mark McCartney (eds). 2015. Mathematicians and their Gods: Interactions between Mathematics and Religious Beliefs, Oxford University Press. A collection of essays on the relationship between mathematics and religious beliefs. Contributors include Owen Gingerich, Professor Emeritus of Astronomy and History of Science at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, on 'Kepler and his Trinitarian Cosmology', and Rob Iliffe, Professor of Intellectual History and the History of Science in the Department of History at the University of Sussex, on 'Newton, God, and the Mathematics of the Two Books'. See the publisher's website for information.
A supplement issue to Journal of Religion & Society presents a wide-ranging set of articles on topics in science and religion. The issue is divided into four sections: 'Relationship between Religion and the Sciences', 'Religion and the Social Sciences', 'Religion and the Natural Sciences', and 'Religion, Science, and the Environment'. See Journal of Religion & Society Supplement 11 (2015).
Keith Ward. 2015. Christ and the Cosmos: A Reformulation of Trinitarian Doctrine, Cambridge University Press. Keith Ward, Professorial Research Fellow at Heythrop College, University of London, and Fellow of the British Academy, formerly Regius Professor of Divinity and a Canon of Christ Church at the University of Oxford, examines and challenges the concept of the social Trinity. The book examines theistic belief and the Trinity in scientific context. See the publisher's website for information.
Simon Conway Morris. 2015. The Runes of Evolution: How the Universe Became Self-Aware, Templeton Press. A new book by Simon Conway Morris, Professor of Evolutionary Palaeobiology at the University of Cambridge, examines evolutionary convergence. The Runes of Evolution: How the Universe Became Self-Aware, illustrates how the ubiquity of convergence hints at an underlying framework whereby many outcomes, not least brains and intelligence, are virtually guaranteed on any Earth-like planet. See the publisher's website for information.