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 through nomination by existing members 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 Dr Christopher Knight.[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
  2. ^ International Society for Science and Religion website
  3. ^ List of founding members 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
  6. ^ Presidents, Executive Committee & Staff, ISSR
  7. ^ About Us, ISSR Library Project
  8. ^ ISSR Statement on the Concept of 'Intelligent Design'
  9. ^ Leading science and theology scholars reject 'intelligent design', Ekklesia, 7 Feb 2008