The International Society for Science and Religion presents...

Science and Religion 2015: Challenge and Response 

20-21 November 2015 in Atlanta (Downtown Hotels)

On 20-21 November 2015, the International Society for Science and Religion (ISSR) will host a 24-hour conference held in downtown hotels in Atlanta, Georgia, just before the opening of 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 Conference features four events:
  • On Friday morning from 9:00 until 11:30, ISSR presents a panel entitled "Against Empathy? Theological Interrogation of Neuroscientific Debates on the Existence of the Human Mirror Neuron System and the Moral Significance of Empathy."  Panelists include Michael Spezio, Celia Deane-Drummond, Anne Runehov, Charlene Burns, and Gregory Peterson.  Location: Marriott L508.  AAR Program Event M20-112.   Details.   

  • On Friday afternoon from 1:00 to 6:00, ISSR will partner with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and with the Association of Theological Schools (ATS)in presenting "Science and the Next Generation of Religious Leaders: The Science for Seminaries Project."  This event is designed to showcase the grant-winning seminaries currently working with AAAS and the Association of Theological Schools and to invite participation in the next stage of the project, entitled "Science for Seminaries."  What have they learned? How can religious and theological education be enhanced by science? How can future religious leaders best be exposed to the dialogue between religion and science?  Location: Hilton 206-207 on the upper level.  PROGRAM DETAILS.   Note that this even is referenced in the AAR Program as Event: M20-208.

  •  From 6:00 to 7:00, immediately following afternoon session, all are invited to a reception.  Location:  Atlanta Hilton 201.  Details.  AAR Program Event: M20-312.

  • Our ISSR Saturday morning session, from 8:30 to 11:30, highlights the latest research and important new books in science and religion, including the latest from the research team of Andrew Robinson and Christopher Southgate, Exeter University, on "Creative Mutual Interaction in Action."  Three other new books will also be presented, first with a critical commentary and then a response from the author, followed by audience discussion.  The other books include Michael Burdett, Eschatology and the Technological Future; Robert Geraci, Virtually Sacred: Myth and Meaning in World of Warcraft and Second Life; and Thomas Jay Oord, The Uncontrolling Love of God: An Open and Relational Account of Providence.  Location: Hilton Crystal BE (Level 1).  AAR Program Event M21-11. MORE DETAILS.   For more on the Southgate/Robinson presentation, click HERE.   

These four events are free and open to the general public.  No prior registration is required.  You do not have to register for the AAR Annual Meeting to attend, but all are encouraged to review the rich offering AAR events related to science, technology, theology, and religion.  AAR Program.

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


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