The International Society for Science and Religion presents...

Science and Religion 2016: New Perspectives and Strategies

18-21 November 2016 in San Antonio, Texas

On Friday through Monday, 18-21 November 2016, the International Society for Science and Religion (ISSR) will host a series of high-level research colloquies broadly organized around new research and program strategies in science and religion.  All events will be held in downtown San Antonio, Texas, in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion (AAR).  All events are free and open to the public.  There is no need to register in advance or to register for AAR in order to attend the ISSR events.

The ISSR Program features five events:
  • Friday, 1:00 to 4:30 pm in the San Antonio Convention Center 207A (2nd level, West).  A panel of researchers from the University of Notre Dame will discuss new research on the theme, "From Emulation to Exemplarity: Cultivating Virtue in Theology and Science.  Michael Spezio will respond to the panel. Details.   

  • Saturday, 4:00 to 5:30 pm in Hilton Palacio del Rio-El Mirador C West (Conference Center - 22nd Level). Three outstanding new books in the history of science and religion will be presented by authors and critics.  The session theme is "New Studies in the History of Science and Religion." Details

  • Reception: Saturday, 7:00 to 10:00 pm.  Hyatt Regency-Live Oak (Hill Country Level).  Co-sponsored by the Institute for the Bio-Cultural Study of Religion (IBCSR), Institute on Religion in an Age of Science (IRAS), Zygon Center for Religion and Science (ZCRS), and Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (CTNS).  Details.

  • Sunday, 10:00 to 11:30 am in Marriott Rivercenter-Grand J (3rd Level).  General theme: "Science, Theology and Morality: Engaging Research, Generating Proposals.  The session has two parts.  From 10:00 to 11:00, Thomas Jay Oord and Michael Spezio will present their work related to the theme, "Is an Interdisciplinary Inquiry of Love Possible?: Responses from Science and Religion."  From 11:00 to 11:30, Greg Peterson will address "Creations Human and Divine: Can “Anthropic Analogies” Help us Think about Human Creativity in an Age of Technology?"   Details.

  • Monday, 10:00 to 11:30 am in Grand Hyatt-Bowie B (2nd Level).  The theme for this session is "What Religious Leaders Should Know about Science: New Strategies from Sweden, England, and the U.S." Three theological educators will speak about recent grant-funded programs designed to help increase a positive awareness of science among future religious leaders.  Details.

Events by the day:  Friday.  Saturday.  Sunday.  Monday.  Reception.

All events are listed as "Additional Meetings" in the AAR program.  For inquiries, please contact Ron Cole-Turner at 

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