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 contribution of religion to social bonding and group


  • The interplay of social, biological and cognitive factors in the

                evolution of religion

  • Evolutionary perspectives on contemporary religion
  • The theological and philosophical significance of the evolution of


Conference Fee

£560 (residential)

£140 (non-residential, including lunch but not dinner)

For part-attendance, extras or variations contact

To register, complete the registration form [COMING SOON]

Submissions of presentations at the conference are invited

Send name, affiliation, title and abstract of c 200 words to

by 31st March 2019


Image from Wikicommons, credit to Rob Brewer.