International Society for Science and Religion

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The International Society for Science and Religion (ISSR) is a learned society established in 2001 for the purpose of the promotion of education through the support of inter-disciplinary learning and research in the fields of science and religion conducted where possible in an international and multi-faith context.[1] The Society took shape after a four-day conference in Granada, Spain.[2]


Membership is available to all interested persons. However, Fellowship is only attained through nomination by existing Fellows only. There were 97 founding members, including five Fellows of the Royal Society.[3]

Varieties of faith tradition[edit]

Although many of the founders of the ISSR are Christians, the society actively welcomes members from other faith traditions. The book Why the Science and Religion Dialogue Matters produced by the society has major contributions from:[4]


The Presidents of the ISSR have been:[5]


The society’s central office is based at St. Edmund's College at the University of Cambridge.[6] The Executive Secretary is Professor Fraser Watts.[7]

Opposition to intelligent design[edit]

In 2008 the ISSR released a statement declaring "that intelligent design is neither sound science nor good theology."[8][9]

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "About ISSR". Archived from the original on 2007-04-30. Retrieved 2007-03-19.
  2. ^ International Society for Science and Religion website
  3. ^ List of founding members Archived 2008-03-29 at the Wayback Machine but John D. Barrow and John Houghton are not listed as FRS for some reason
  4. ^ Why the Science and Religion Dialogue Matters book information
  5. ^ ISSR Presidents Archived 2008-08-28 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Presidents, Executive Committee & Staff Archived 2008-04-25 at the Wayback Machine, ISSR
  7. ^ About Us Archived 2008-04-09 at the Wayback Machine, ISSR Library Project
  8. ^ ISSR Statement on the Concept of 'Intelligent Design' Archived 2008-02-06 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ Leading science and theology scholars reject 'intelligent design', Ekklesia, 7 Feb 2008

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