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The Future of Religion and Science in Zygon

A special issue of Zygon, Journal of Religion and Science, reflects on the fiftieth anniversary of the creation of the Institute on Religion in an Age of Science (IRAS) and its first conference in 1954, and presents several plenary papers from the anniversary conference in 2014. Papers include Karl Peters on 'The "Ghosts" of IRAS Past and the Changing Cultural Context of Religion and Science', Michael Ruse on 'Why I Am an Accommodationist and Proud of It', and Nancy Ellen Abrams on 'A God That Could Be Real in the New Scientific Universe'.

See Zygon vol. 20 iss. 2 (June 2015).

Religiosity and Orientation towards Science

An article by David R. Johnson, Christopher P. Scheitle, and Elaine Howard Ecklund in Sociological Science examines individual religiosity and orientation towards science. The research finds that religiosity has no significant association with interest in or knowledge of science, but does have a significant negative association with confidence in science.

See Sociological Science vol 2 (March 2015).

What is Life?

Dirk Evers, Michael Fuller, Antje Jackelén, Knut-Willy Sæther (eds.) 2015. Issues in Science and Theology: What is Life?, Springer.

A new publication in the 'Issues in Science and Religion' series of the European Society for the Study of Science and Theology, What is Life? offers a wide-ranging study of the concept of Life taking in viewpoints from physics to biology, and the perspectives of philosophy, theology, and ethics.

See the publisher's website for more information.

Extraterrestrial Intelligence and Religion

John Traphagan. 2015. Extraterrestrial Intelligence and Human Imagination: SETI at the Intersection of Science, Religion, and Culture, Springer.

John Traphagan, Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, examines the significance of the search for extraterrestrial life (SETI) for questions of human meaning and religion. Focuses on the relationship between science and religion as it is expressed within SETI research context, the underlying assumptions that have shaped the ways in which SETI researchers have conceptualized the nature of their endeavour, and thinking about the social impact of contact with alien intelligence from religious and cultural perspectives.

See the publisher's website for more information.

Jesuit Contribution to Science

Agustín Udías. 2015. Jesuit Contribution to Science: A History, Springer.

Agustín Udías, a priest in the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) and Professor Emeritus at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, presents an account of the contributions of Jesuits to scientific endeavour throughout the Society's existence. Discusses Jesuit contributions to mathematics, astronomy, physics and cartography before suppression of the order in 1773, and work in astronomical observation, the study of hurricanes, earthquakes and terrestrial magnetism after its restoration in 1814.

See the publisher's website for more information.

Galileo, Darwin, Einstein

A series of lectures by John Hedley Brooke, former Andreas Idreos Professorship of Science & Religion, and former Director of the Ian Ramsey Centre at the University of Oxford, given at the School of Divinity in the University of Edinburgh in Jaunary 2015, on the theme of 'Galileo, Darwin, Einstein: Science, Religion, and the Changing Conceptions of Nature', have been made available on YouTube.

Creation or Evolution: Do We Have to Choose?

Denis Alexander. 2014. Creation or Evolution: Do We Have to Choose? (2nd edn. rev.), Monarch Books.

A new edition of ISSR member Denis Alexander's Creation or Evolution: Do We Have to Choose? draws on latest research in science and theology to develop the arguments of the first edition. Examines issues surrounding the relationship between theories of biological evolution and biblical understandings of God and creation.

See the publisher's website for more information.

Intellectual Autobiographies in Theology and Science

The Theology and Science journal has launched 'Intellectual Autobiographies in Theology and Science'. The Journal will publish a series of autobiographies by leading scholars in theology and science, asking them to take a more personal approach to the issues that concern them professionally.

See, Theology and Science vol. 12 no 4 (2014) pp. 306-306.

The first contribution to the series, from John Hedley Brooke, is published in the same issue.

See, Theology and Science vol. 12 no 4 (2014) pp. 307-323.

Latin American Perspectives on Science and Religion

Ignacio Silva (ed.) 2014. Latin American Perspectives on Science and Religion, Pickering & Chatto.

Ignacio Silva, Research Fellow at Harris Manchester College and the Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion, University of Oxford, has edited a new book on Latin American Perspectives on Science and Religion. The book's contributors explore the different ways that religion and science relate to each other, how developments in natural science shaped religious views from the pre-Hispanic period until the nineteenth century, and current debates over evolution and creationism.

See the publisher's website for more information.

God's Planet

Owen Gingerich. 2014. God's Planet, Harvard University Press.

Adapted from the Herrmann Lectures on Faith and Science given by Owen Gingerich, Emeritus Professor of Astronomy and the History of Science at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Discusses the stories and significance of Nicolaus Copernicus, Charles Darwin, and Fred Hoyle.

See the publisher's website for more information.

Jews in Science in the Twentieth Century

Noah J. Efron. 2014. A Chosen Calling: Jews in Science in the Twentieth Century, Johns Hopkins University Press.

ISSR member Noah J. Efron's A Chosen Calling: Jews in Science in the Twentieth Century examines the success of Jews in the history of modern science against the background of the tumultuous story of their persecution and migration during the century.

See the publisher's website for more information.

Quantum Physics and Theology

Ernest L. Simmons. 2014. The Entangled Trinity: Quantum Physics and Theology, Fortress Press.

Ernest Simmons, Professor of Religion at Concordia College, Minnesota, examines the doctrine of the Trinity and discusses how current scientific ideas can contribute to reflection on the relationship of God and the world.

See the publisher's website for more information.

Rejection of Darwinian Evolution

Andrew Village (York St John University) and Sylvia Baker (Glyndŵr University) assess rejection of Darwinian evolution among 1,100 Christian churchgoers in England.

See Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion vol. 52 iss. 3 (September 2013) pp. 557-572.

Religion and Embodied Cognition in Zygon

A special section of Zygon vol. 48, no. 3 (September 2013) on the theme of 'Religion and Embodied Cognition' presents papers from a conference of the International Society for Science and Religion (ISSR) on the same theme.

Articles in the section include
Warren Brown and Kevin Reimer, 'Embodied cognition, character formation, and virtue'
D.A. Gosling, 'Embodiment and rebirth in the Buddhist and Hindu traditions'
John Teske, 'From embodied to extended cognition'
Léon Turner, 'Individuality in theological anthroplogy and theories of embodied cognition'
Fraser Watts, 'Embodied cognition and religion'
Daniel Weiss, 'Embodied cognition in classical Rabbinic literature'

The ISSR page on the 'Embodied Cognition' project is available here.



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