Society of Ordained Scientists
|Type||Anglican religious order|
|Rev. Dr. Arthur Peacocke|
The Society of Ordained Scientists (S.O.Sc.) is an international religious order of priest-scientists within the Anglican Communion. The organisation was founded at the University of Oxford by biologist-theologian Arthur Peacocke following the establishment of several other similar societies in the 1970s, in order to advance the field of religion and science. Membership in the Society of Ordained Scientists is open to any member of a Christian denomination upholding belief in the Holy Trinity. As a result, the ecumenical religious order includes individuals from the Anglican Church, Catholic Church, Methodist Church, Orthodox Church, Reformed Church, among other Christian denominations.
- Gloria L. Schaab (18 October 2007). The Creative Suffering of the Triune God: An Evolutionary Theology. Oxford University Press. p. 6.
Made a member of the Order of the British Empire by 1993 by Queen Elizabeth II, Arthur Peacocke served as Waden Emeritus of the Society of Ordained Scientists, an ecumenical religious order that he founded in 1985; Honorary Canon of Christ Church Cathedral in Oxford; an international lecturer and scholar.
- John Templeton, Kenneth Seeman Giniger (1 June 1998). Spiritual Evolution: Scientists Discuss Their Beliefs. Templeton Foundation Press. p. 109.
So it was that in 1987 there was founded, initially within the Church of England, a new dispersed Order. The Society of Ordained Scientists (S.O.Sc.), is held together by a Rule of prayer and sacrament, to which we are committed through appropriate vows made at an annual Eucharist presided over in the first nine years by the then Archbishop of York, Dr. John Habgood, who was formerly a research physiologist.
- James C. Peterson (2001). Genetic Turning Points: The Ethics of Human Genetic Intervention. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing.
As to specifically Christian theists, an example of continue presence would be the American Scientific Affiliation. It currently has about two thousand members, all of whom affirm the Apostles' Creed as part of joining the association, and most of whom hold Ph.D.s in the natural sciences. Their active journal is Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith. Across the Atlantic, the Society of Ordained Scientists and Christians in Science are similar affiliation in Great Britain.
- Robert J. Russell, Ted Peters, Nathan Hallanger. God's Action in Nature's World: Essays in Honour of Robert John Russell. Ashgate Publishing, Ltd. p. 5.
By the early 1970s centers and societies for the study of science and religion were budding around the world. At Oxford University, biologist-theologian Arthur Peacocke organized the Society of Ordained Scientists and cultivated the Ian Ramsey Centre for research in this field.
- Ted Peters (2003). Science, theology, and ethics. Ashgate Publishing, Ltd. p. 46.
Oxford scholar Arthur Peacocke is a biochemist as well as a theologian and heads a recently founded order for hybrids called the Society of Ordained Scientists.
- J. B. Stump, Alan G. Padgett (2012). The Blackwell Companion to Science and Christianity. John Wiley & Sons. p. 589.
He founded the Society of Ordained Scientists in 1986 to further advance the development of the field of science and religion.
- "Constitution of the Society of Ordained Scientists". Society of Ordained Scientists. 2012.
The Society originated as a community of scientists within the ordained ministry (men and women) of the Anglican Communion. Membership is open, at the invitation of the Warden, to ordained members of this and any other church following a Trinitarian confession.
- Eric Jenkins Childwall (December 1990). "The inception and growth of an ecumenical dispersed religious order (1985-7)". Society of Ordained Scientists.
Tentative proposals emerged for the formation of a dispersed religious order, open to ordained ministers of the Church of England and to the other main Christian Churches who shared a common background and were prepared to commit themselves to certain Aims, a Rule and Constitution. Within four years, that is by the summer of 1990, the Society of Ordained Scientists had attracted 55 full members, including men and women: Methodists, United Reformed Church, Presbyterian as well as Anglicans; Scottish, Welsh, Canadian and American as well as English.