IRAS issues call for papers on Naturalism for 2021 conference
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The Institute on Religion in an Age of Science (IRAS) has rescheduled its annual conference for June 26 – July 3, 2021 and has issued a call for papers on the conference’s theme of Naturalism – As Religion, Within Religions or Without Religion?

While organizers say it is uncertain whether the conference will be able to be held in person on Star Island in New Hampshire, which has been the meeting place for the group over 60 years, they have decided to more forward with the theme originally scheduled for the 2020 conference.

The conference will aim to explore and evaluate religion and non-religious options available to those who take science seriously, according to IRAS. These conversations may be characterized as replacement, reform and rejection. Proposals for papers and short panels on the theme or on other facets of interactions between religion and science are due on December 10, 2020. The submission form can be found on the group’s website:

Plenary speakers include: Owen Flanagan, philosopher and author of The Boddhisattva’s Brain: Buddhism Naturalized; Ursula Goodenough, biologist and president of the Religious Naturalist Association and author of The Sacred Depths of Nature and Sarah Lane Ritchie, theologian and author of Divine Action and the Human Mind.


Susan Barreto


Susan is an author with a long-time interest in religion and science. She currently edits Covalence, the Lutheran Alliance for Faith, Science and Technology’s online magazine. She has written articles in The Lutheran and the Zygon Center for Religion and Science newsletter. Susan is a board member for the Center for Advanced Study of Religion and Science, the supporting organization for the Zygon Center and the Zygon Journal. She also co-wrote Our Bodies Are Selves with Dr. Philip Hefner and Dr. Ann Pederson.

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