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 size
  • 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 religion


Conference Fee:

  • £560 (residential)
  • £140 (non-residential, including lunch but not dinner)

For part-attendance, extras or variations contact


To register, submit an abstract, and pay conference fees, please visit our conference website: 

Please submit abstracts by 27 May 2019.


Image from Wikicommons, credit to Rob Brewer.