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 Neuoron System and the Moral Significance of Empathy."  Panelists include Michael Spezio, Celia Deane-Drummond, Anne Runehov, Charlene Burns, and Gregory Peterson.   Details.   

  • On Friday afternoon from 1:00 to 6:00, ISSR will partner with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in presenting "Science and the Next Generation of Religious Leaders: Meeting a Critical Challenge."  This event is designed to showcase the grant-winning seminaries currently working with AAAS and the Association of Theological Schools in a pilot project entitled "Science for Seminaries."  What have they learned and how will it transform the way organized religion responds to science? 

  • From 6:00 to 7:00, immediately following ISSR-AAAS session, all are invited to a social event (details available soon).  

  • Our ISSR Saturday morning session, from 8:30 to 11:30, highlights the latest must-read 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."  Two other new books will also be presented.  Authors and critics will engage the new proposals and invite audience response.  Preliminary details on the Robinson/Southgate portion of the session. 

All 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.

More details about the ISSR program will be added as they become available.  

All events will be held in downtown Atlanta Hotels that are serving as host venues for the AAR.  These include the Hilton Downtown, the Hyatt Regency, and the Marriott Marquis.  Room numbers will be announced in September or as they become available.  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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