Organizations

These resources may prove useful in organizing or facilitating discussions regarding Christian faith and science.  Most of the web links connect to other sites.  Inclusion of any items in this resource list does not constitute endorsement by either the Lutheran Alliance for Faith, Science, and Technology, or the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).

Chr-Astro — An online community of Christians active in astronomy.  This page of their website offers resources provided by some of the members of this community. 

Project 2061 – Science for All Americans — Project 2061 is a long-term initiative of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) to help all Americans become literate in science, mathematics, and technology. To achieve that goal, Project 2061 conducts research and develops tools and services that educators, researchers, and policymakers can use to make critical and lasting improvements in the nation’s education system.

Wesley Nexus – An online publication, Wesley Nexus’ mission is to provide resources to support an informed dialogue between science and religion.

Albertus Magnus Society — The Albertus Magnus Society is a program of the Siena Center at Dominican University in River Forest, IL which gathers persons with an academic, professional or general interest in exploring issues related to the intersection of religious belief or experience and scientific insight.

Zygon Center for Religion and Science — The Zygon Center for Religion and Science is a non-profit organization housed at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago that is committed to the study of the interaction of religion and science.

Center for Advanced Study in Religion and ScienceFounded in 1965 by Ralph Wendell Burhoe, winner of the 1980 Templeton Prize, CASIRAS is an independent organization of scientists and theologians and is housed at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.

Metanexus Institute on Science and Religion — Founded in 1997, the Metanexus Institute is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting scientifically rigorous and philosophically open-ended explorations of foundational questions.

Counterbalance Foundation — Counterbalance is a non-profit educational organization working to promote the public understanding of science, and how the sciences relate to wider society.

Institute on Religion in an Age of Science (IRAS) — IRAS is an independent society of natural scientists, social scientists, philosophers, religion scholars, theologians, and others who seek to understand and reformulate the theory and practice of religion in the light of contemporary scientific knowledge.

Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (CTNS) — The CTNS mission is carried out through three program areas: research, teaching and public service.  The central scientific focus of these programs is on physics, cosmology, evolutionary biology, and genetics, with additional topics in the neurosciences, technology, the environmental sciences, and mathematics. The central theological focus is on Christian theology, ethics and spirituality, with additional attention to the theological issues arising from the engagement between the sciences and world religions.

InterFASE (International Faith and Science Exchange) — InterFASE is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to fostering greater understanding and appreciation of science, with a unique focus on the interrelationship of religion and science.

European Society for the Study of Science and Theology (ESSSAT) — ESSSAT is a scholarly, non-confessional organization, based in Europe, which aims to promote the study of relationships between the natural sciences and theological views.

International Society for Science and Religion — Fellowship of the Society has now grown to nearly 200 members, including many of the leading scholars in the science and religion field. Indeed, the first two presidents, George Ellis, a theoretical cosmologist and Professor of Applied Mathematics at the University of Cape Town, and John Polkinghorne, are both recipients of the Templeton Prize for Progress Toward Research or Discoveries about Spiritual Realities – the world’s best-known religion prize, awarded each year to a living person to encourage and honour those who advance spiritual matters.

Lumen Christi Institute — Founded in 1997 by Catholic Scholars at the University of Chicago, The Lumen Christi Institute brings together thoughtful Catholics and others interested in the Catholic tradition and makes available to them the wisdom of the Catholic spiritual, intellectual, and cultural heritage.

John Templeton Foundation — The John Templeton Foundation serves as a philanthropic catalyst for discoveries relating to the deepest and most perplexing questions facing humankind. It supports research on subjects ranging from complexity, evolution, and emergence to creativity, forgiveness, and free will.

Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science — Published since 1966, Zygon is dedicated to the manifold interactions between the sciences and human religious and moral convictions. We seek to consider the whole range of the sciences; cosmology and physics, biology and the neurosciences, sociology, psychology, and anthropology. We seek to be open to religious and non-religious perspectives, those rooted in the great traditions such as Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, but also to religious naturalism, secular humanism, and atheism, both variants at home in the Western world and versions elsewhere on our globe.

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